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Nature, North West

Man (54) and Minor (17) Face Wildlife Trafficking Charges in Mahikeng

Michael Hawthorne

ATAMELANG, NORTH-WEST – Two individuals, Ben Khosietsile (54) and a 17-year-old, appeared in the Atamelang Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, March 20, 2024, facing charges of wildlife trafficking.

The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team in Mahikeng apprehended the suspects on Tuesday, March 19th, acting on a tip regarding the illegal sale of a pangolin in Setlagole. The team swiftly followed up on the information and apprehended the suspects shortly after the transaction was completed.

Both Khosietsile and the minor are charged with Wildlife Trafficking in contravention of the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004. They were granted bail of R2000 each and are scheduled to reappear in the same court on April 23, 2024.

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