A man believed to have supplied poachers with the deadly cyanide which has killed nearly 100 elephants and devastated the ecological system at Hwange National Park has appeared in court.
Prosecutors say between October and November last year, Elvis Ncube, 30, of Hillside in Harare, acquired three tonnes of sodium cyanide and stored it at his place of residence, a Bulawayo court heard.
He allegedly sold the chemical to different unnamed individuals including the poaching syndicate, who went on to mix it with salt and poison water sources at Hwange National Park.
Ncube, who is charged with storing classified hazardous substances at unlicensed premises, was remanded to October 16 on US$100 bail by magistrate Gladmore Mushove.
Meanwhile, Justice Martin Makonese of the Bulawayo High Court on Friday threw out a bail appeal by three men charged over the elephant poisoning.
Farai Chitsa, 34, a Bulawayo businessman and two brothers Sipho, 54, and Misheck Mafu, 46, will stand trial on October 24 for delivering or offering toxic substances and illegal posession of ivory.
Trial magistrates in Hwange heard how Chitsa paid the two brothers US$900 to poison water sources with salt laced with cyanide, which has resulted in the death of 95 jumbos. More....