Possession of endangered pangolin lands man in court
NW – A 42-year-old man will have to give a detailed explanation to the Ganyesa Magistrates’ Court of how he came into the possession of a pangolin. He was arrested for contravening the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (NEMBA) (Act No. 10 of 2004).
The pangolin, of which South Africa has only one species, is considered endangered and therefore protected.
Onneile Monnanyane appeared before the court on Monday 12 July – two days after he was arrested for failing to produce the papers authorising him to be in possession of the pangolin. A multi-disciplinary team was directed after a community tip-off was received.
Teamwork by SAPS, K9 and Nature Conservation officials yielded the interception of Monnanyane in Tseng Village.
“He was granted R2,000 bail and his next court appearance will be on Friday 3 September 2021,” police spokesperson colonel Adéle Myburgh said.
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