LEPHALALE — Tony Freitas (55) appeared in the Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on Monday 17 July on charges of the illegal hunting of specially protected wild animals, possession of rhino horn (although not found on the premises), the selling of body parts of specially protected wild animals and possession of parts of specially protected animals without a permit. According to Warrant Officer Jurg van Heerden from the Limpopo endangered species unit, the case was postponed to 3 October 2017 when he will appear in the Lephalale Regional Court.
Freitas, a well-known businessman and co-owner of Bosveld Sentra in Lephalale, was arrested at Ringbult farm in Steenbokpan on Friday 27 January 2017. He appeared in Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on 1 February and was granted R250 000 bail with certain conditions. He has appeared in court numerous times since then but the case gets postponed every time.
The case is still being thoroughly investigated.