TWO police officers were stunned to find a dismembered lion’s head as they searched the backpacks of a suspicious couple.
Police in South Africa It is believed the couple are trying to find a local sorcerer in the hope of selling it for £17,500 so it can be used to make black magic potions.
It is believed that either poachers killed the lion in the wild and cut off its head, or it may have come from an illegal lion farm to sell the bones.
The elite Hawks police unit learned of the couple’s identities and used a middleman to arrange a meeting between them and a trusted traditional healer.
Without a doubt, Joseph Modime, 59, and Emily Mashaba, 54, went to a garage in Zeerust, North West Province and are said to have delivered a bag with a bloody tip inside.
The pair were arrested and arrested for violating the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act of 2004 and brought before local magistrates.
National Prosecutors’ Office spokesman Henry Mamothame said the suspects were traveling from Tembisa in Johannesburg looking for a healer.
“They were stopped by police, who arranged for a healer at a gas station where a lion’s head was found in a backpack wrapped in a garbage bag,” he said.
“Both have been arrested and will appear in court at a later date. We still don’t know how the dead lion head came to be in their possession but that is part of the investigation.”
Investigators are working to find out where this predator’s severed head came from and to catch others involved in trying to profit from the endangered animals.
In 2019, four lions were killed, their heads and feet cut off for use as black magic potions at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve near Pretoria.
In the following year, eight lions were killed with their heads and hooves severed, two were found pregnant with three cubs, and two newborn cubs were also killed.
Lions were slaughtered for the value of their body parts during a sick trade to the Far East.
The lion bone trade made headlines in the UK in March when 27 lion skeletons were found during a Hawks raid on a home in Krugersdorp near Johannesburg.
The coins are worth £125,000 locally but the value will skyrocket once they reach the Far East to be used as medicine and as jewelry.
Tory Peer Lord Ashcroft has long campaigned against the raging lion bone trade to Vietnam and China from an estimated 3,000 lion farms in South Africa.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17125729/cops-find-lions-head-backpack/ The horrifying moment when two stunned police officers discovered the SU’s HEAD severed in the couple’s backpack… and the reason was chills down their spines.