This is an excerpt from an article published online by News24 on 14 August, 2021
SAPS have arrested a Vietnamese man and seized about 60 kilograms of lion claws, teeth and other items following a four-month probe into wildlife trafficking, the government said on Saturday.
The man was arrested on Thursday “in connection with the illegal trade in wildlife and illegal possession of a firearm” in northern Limpopo province, the location of a number of wildlife parks, the environment ministry said.
Police also raided a Vietnamese-owned farm near the tourist site of Bela-Bela in Limpopo and two storage units in the capital Pretoria, a statement from the ministry said.
They seized 4.2 kilograms of lions’ teeth, 680 grams of lion claws and more than 60 kilos “of processed animal products believed to be lion gelatine” as well as an illegal firearm.