Two Zimbabwean cross-border bus drivers arrested in South Africa last week for smuggling ivory into that country have each been jailed for four years.
Parks and wildlife spokesperson, Caroline Washaya-Moyo said Langton Saka, 35, of Silobela and James Nyirenda, 37, of Bulawayo were convicted after being found guilty by a Musina court in South Africa.
The pair worked as drivers for Citiliner bus company.
The court heard the pair was arrested at around 2000hrs on October 13 after South African cops intercepted a Citiliner coach as it crossed into the country from Zimbabwe.
Prosecutors said the cops recovered four elephant tusk pieces weighing 2kgs after searching the coach.
Meanwhile, a Chinese national arrested Monday at Harare International Airport for trying to smuggle some 17 raw pieces of ivory valued at more than US$28,000 appeared in court Thursday.
Chen Guoliang, 36, of Malbereign, Harare, was not formally charged when he appeared before magistrate Donald Ndirowei who remanded him in custody to November 4.
Prosecutor Francisca Mukumbiri said Guoliang was arrested as he tried to leave the country for China.
Suspicious security officers checked his luggage and discovered 17 pieces of raw ivory tusks weighing 99 kilogrammes long with ivory worked artefacts weighing 14.9kg. More....