Two men were arrested by the South African police for being in possession of a Pangolin.
In a routine check by the Rapid Rail Policing unit and SANDF the two men were arrested.
The team stopped and searched a taxi where two foreign nationals were found to be in the possession of the Pangolin.
Upon further investigation from SAPS, the team discovered that the two was illegally in South Africa.
The team apprehended the two foreigners and rescued the Pangolin which has since been placed under the care of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.
The pair will appear before the Komatipoort Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 22 September 2020, to face a variety of charges which include the following:SAPS
1. Violation of the Immigration Act.
2. Violation of Section 29 of Act 10 of 1998 – Mpumalanga Nature Conservation Act: transporting of the game without a permit.
3. Violation of Section 31 of Act 10 of 1998- Importation of wild animals without a permit.
4. Violation of Section 82 of Act 10 of 1998- Prohibited Acts involving endangered or rare species.