June 5, 2016

AttackOnFarmersLivestock & Wildlife: Blacks from Mosambique arrested for killing a farmer's white lions for their heads and paws

Horrific end for majestic white lions: Poachers poison the animals then decapitate them and chop off their paws for use in black magic rituals in South Africa 

Before they were killed, it is believed the lions were fed a pesticide called Temik, which is used to get rid of spider mites and other pests.


■ Three black suspects appeared in the Giyani Magistrates Court on a charge of illegal possession of protected species, according to police 

Incase Ngobeni, Samson Maswanganyi and Jeremais Macheke will remain in custody.

For further investigation, the case was remanded to June 20.

During a joint operation by police members of the provincial Stock Theft Unit attached to the Rhino Task Team and members of SANParks, three suspects were arrested in Giyani on Monday afternoon after information was received about suspects attempting to sell lion heads and paws, according to Provincial police spokesperson, Ronel Otto.

“Three suspects were arrested and the heads of two lions as well as 8 paws were recovered,” said Otto.

Investigations to link this arrests and discovery to the incident where two white lions were poisoned at Stockpoort are ongoing.

The suspects are from Mosambique.

■ Two white lions were discovered having been killed at a farm in Limpopo 

The big cats also had their heads and their paws missing from their bodies 
It is believed the lions were targeted to use body parts for black magic 
Police have started an investigation and are already probing suspects 

A pair of majestic white lions have been poisoned by poachers in South Africa who then beheaded them and chopped off their paws.

The big cats, who were kept in captivity at a farm in Limpopo, were found dead on Friday.

It is believed the lions were targeted by poachers as part of a muti-killing, where animal body parts are used for healing in black magic rituals.