Why would anyone want to harm such a majestic animal is the question on everyone’s minds. But this tragic incident follows a spate of violent attacks on vulnerable and endangered species, which was also seen after four rhinos were recently massacred at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve.
The Hawks have arrested two people in Zeerust, North West for the possession of a lion’s head, which was found wrapped in refuse bags inside a vehicle. The duo were reportedly seeking a traditional healer to sell the lion’s head to for R350 000.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), 59-year-old Joseph Modime and 54-year-old Emily Mashaba briefly appeared in the Zeerust Magistrate’s Court in North West on Monday.
‘They are charged for the contravention of the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 after they were caught in possession of a lion’s head,” said NPA spokesperson in North West, Henry Mamothame as per IOL.
A police agent reportedly intercepted the sale by arranging a traditional healer and the suspects were arrested at the Shell garage in Zeerust, EWN adds. The lion’s head was seized for further investigation.
“Further investigations by the Hawks are underway and the duo will remain in police custody until their next court appearance,” Mamothame said.