Hawks Nab 2 People Who Tried to Sell a Lion's Head in North West, Mzansi Wants to Know How They Did It

Hawks Nab 2 People Who Tried to Sell a Lion's Head in North West, Mzansi Wants to Know How They Did It

  • A man and woman were arrested after they were found in possession of a lion's head in the North West province
  • The pair's case has been postponed until the 20th of December at the Zeerust Magistrates’ Court to verify their home addresses
  • South Africans are shocked that they had a lion's head in their possession and are wondering how they got caught

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ZEERUST - Two people who tried to sell a lion's head to a traditional healer for a whopping R350 000 have been apprehended by the South African Police Service.

The attempted sale took place in Zeerust in the North West and was carried out by 59-year-old Joseph Modime and Emily Mashaba, aged 54.

2 people arrested, tried to sell lion head, traditional healer, R350k, north west
The police arrested two people after they tried to sell a lion's head to a traditional healer. Image: Cameron Spencer
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The pair was set to appear at the Zeerust Magistrates’ Court, however, their case has been postponed to 20 December to verify their residential addresses, according to a report by The Witness.

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Modime and Mashaba were arrested following a tip-off sent to the Hawks that stated that the pair were driving from Tembisa in Johannesburg with a lion's head trying to sell it.

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Following the tip-off, a police agent arranged a traditional healer who met the pair at a petrol station where they were arrested with the lion's head in their possession, wrapped in a refuse bag, according to SowetanLIVE.

Take a look at what people have to say about the attempted sale:

@Marupin82983629 said:

"People are mad."

@Adolph_Ngoben said:

"Who told the Hawks, i mean there's no way they will just go and search a car someone betrayed these couple."

@Iron_Mjuk8 said:

"They should be rewarded for bravery….."

@plenty_OToole said:

"Which traditional healer has that kinda money to spend on a dead lions head."

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@VILA84534797 said:

"The Question is..how did they get the lion in the first place?"

@MkhabelaTony said:

"So what's the crime there? Some people walk around with chicken heads and feet in their grocery bags."

@Basoh_Mabaso said:

"No traditional doctor uses Lions head's to heal people. It was going to be sold to uMthakathi and there's a lot of them these days, masquerading as izinyanga."

@Philemonie said:

"Give them back so that they can pocket that 700k, I see many people keeping OUR animals at their own yards, I don’t see the difference here"

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