Botswana man arrested for trying to sell live cheetah

09:20 (GMT+2) Sun, 08 Dec 2019

A 42-year-old Botswana national is expected to appear in the Kuruman Magistrates' Court in the Northern Cape on Monday in connection with illegal activities involving protected species.

According to the Hawks, the suspect was arrested on Friday after information was received that he intended to sell a live cheetah and lion bones to a potential buyer in South Africa.

Hawks spokesperson, Nomthandazo Mnisi says a transaction was arranged with the suspect, and he was found in possession of a live cheetah and lion bones when confronted by the Hawks' serious organised crime unit, the  Kuruman stock theft unit, and the Kuruman Highway Patrol.

The cheetah received medical attention and will be kept at a sanctuary for rehabilitation.

Mnisi says the estimated value of the cheetah and the lion bones is R400,000.

- African News Agency