Gauteng man arrested for keeping lions on plot without permit

Police and nature conservationists pounced on a man who kept three lions as pets on his small holdings outside Randfontein.

Police in the West Rand of Gauteng have arrested a 43-year-old man after he was found in possession of three lions and failed to provide a valid permit.

The discovery was made on a plot in Dennydale Agricultural Holdings outside Randfontein.

Randfontein Police spokesperson Sergeant Carmen Hendricks says police officers received a tip-off which led to the discovery and subsequent arrest.

“SAPS members from [the] Stock Theft Unit together with Nature Conservation and Endangered Species followed up on information received about a man who has lions.

“The members went to the address given and were shown the lions. They also found that the suspect has had these lions for more than a year.

“The suspect was arrested for having the lions (two males and one female) without a valid licence,” explains Hendricks.

She urges anyone with information on any criminality, including the unlawful possession of wildlife, to make use of the MySAPS app or to contact the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111 to report anonymously.

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