South Africa: Seized ivory ‘points to syndicate’
Cape Town – Ivory seized at a Table View storage building pointed to organised crime in South Africa, CapeNature biodiversity crime unit manager Paul Gildenhuys said under cross-examination in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
All ivory poaching in South Africa was syndicate-driven and the 3 232 African elephant tusks allegedly found …in Cheng Jie Liang’s possession were no exception.
Liang is facing charges of illegal possession of elephant tusks and ivory products to the value of about R21 million, to which he has pleaded not guilty.
Gildenhuys said he noticed distinct “M2” and “J” markings on some of the ivory which he had seen in other illegal poaching cases before. “We are dealing with a syndicate here.”
Some of the ivory had already been refined into finished products.
The trial continues …
Image: Archive shot of seized ivory (c) EIA