Zambian, Zimbabwean Ivory Smugglers Arrested

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this investigation, another illegal consignment of ivory was seized yesterday from "a number of Chinese nationals", Gildenhuys said.

However, he could not divulge any more details because of the sensitive nature of the investigations.

Police would issue an official statement soon, he added.

Some of the cases since March have been wrapped up, while others are still running.

In one case, the suspects absconded and warrants for their arrest were issued.

Ivory is often smuggled into South Africa to be sold under the counter, or for that matter, under the market stall table.

A recent investigation by CapeNature, in collaboration with the Beaufort West SAPS Stock Theft Unit, resulted in the successful prosecution of James Chakanetsa, a citizen of Zimbabwe.

He was arrested for being in possession of 702 ivory figurines estimated to be worth a total of R120 000. The ivory was destined to be sold at stalls in Greenmarket Square. …