Elephant tusks with an estimated street value of R 400,000 were confiscated from an apartment building in the upscale Zimbali Eco Estate on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
Hawks spokesman Capt Simphiwe Mhlongo said the bust was taken on Tuesday.
Two men, aged 27 and 57, were arrested for possessing and trafficking in elephant tusks.
“Members allegedly received information about suspects selling elephant tusks. An undercover operation was carried out at the Zimbali Eco Estate and members stormed into the suspect’s home, “said Mhlongo Inch pieces of sperm whale teeth, four ivory carvings, two hippopotamus teeth, 47 ivory chopsticks and 15 elephant tusks with a street value of about R400,000.
“The two suspects were arrested and charged accordingly. “
You should appear in court on Wednesday next week.
The Simbali Estate Management Association said in a statement to residents Thursday that it was aware that the Hawks are” investigating. ” a case of an alleged smuggling violation and that some items may have been stored on private property within the property.
“We will no longer comment on unsubstantiated speculations that could hamper sensitive police investigations,” said the association.