Three appear in Northern Cape court after ivory bust

Three men have appeared in the Kuruman Magistrates’ Court in the Northern Cape on charges of possession of ivory.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) said Riaan Malgas, 31, Mothusi Joel Tshibithi, 36, and Albert Mosimanyane, 53, appeared in court on Monday.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Philani Nkwalase said the three were arrested on Friday at Kuruman Airport after the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime unit acted on information about suspects in possession of two elephant tusks.

Malgas and Tshibithi were both granted R5 000 bail, while Mosimanyane’s bail application was postponed due to another pending matter. Mosimanyane is already out on bail on a separate case, where he and other suspects were arrested on the N14 road between Upington and Olifantshoek on Tuesday 17 October for possessing ivory.

Nkwalase said Mosimanyane is expected to appear alongside other suspects on both cases in Olifantshoek and Kuruman Courts respectively on the 14 and 15 December 2017.

– African News Agency