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‘Snakeman’ arrested in South Africa, faces prosecution


Thu Nov 29, 12:30 PM ET

A South African man was arrested on Thursday for being illegally in possession of a python which he said he wanted to use to heal a sick person, a regional police spokesman said.

“The 39-year-old man was arrested in Umthatha (southeast) for being in possession of the python without having a permit. He said that he wanted to use it to heal somebody who was ill,” Superintendent Nondusimo Jafta told AFP.

The suspect, who was not identified, would be charged soon for being in possesion of an endangered species animal.

The snake was taken from him and sent to an East London Zoo where it would be taken care of by conservation officials, the policeman said.


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