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By: Otto Ngobeni
LIMPOPO- The South African Police Services (Saps) Directorate for Priority Crime Prevention (Hawks), welcomed the harsh sentence given to Mozambique citizen Arlindo Fenniasie Maluleque (28), for being found with Elephant tusks.
Maluleque appeared before the Malamulele Regional court on Friday 21st of July 2017 and was sentenced to pay thirty thousand rand R30 000 fine or five (5) years imprisonment.
The accused was arrested in July 2016 at Punda Maria gate Kruger National Park by the Park Rangers after they found two elephant tusks hidden in the maize meal bag in his car.
Maluleque was out on thirty thousand rand bail R30 000 during his trial which is now forfeited by the state.
The Hawks provincial spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke said that there are strongly ongoing killings of protected species.
“As the whole crime prevention fraternity we are fighting all sorts of crimes and we are not stopping until we get to the bottom of this.” Says Maluleke
Edited by Rhandzu Hlongwane