Man killed by elephant may have been cigarette smuggler

Johannesburg - A man trampled to death by an elephant in Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site in Limpopo may have been part of an illegal cigarette smuggling syndicate.

Eyewitness News reported on Tuesday that police are investigating the case.

A SA National Parks (SANParks) official told EWN that a number of people have been seen trespassing in the park, and others trading in illegal cigarettes have passed through the park.

The park is on the border of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

On Monday, it was reported that the man was found with a Zimbabwean passport and cellphone in his possession.

Rangers believed he had been with a group of people because a number of footprints were visible in the vicinity.

Earlier this year it was reported that one in three cigarettes smoked in the country each day is illegal. Since 2010, the government has lost more than R18bn in taxes due to the illicit cigarette trade.

About 38% of these illegal cigarettes are smuggled into the country from Zimbabwe, while the rest are manufactured locally.

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Joe Wiper 2014/08/26 12:52:02 PM
Elephants, killing stompies,
Mac Naidoo 2014/08/26 12:52:53 PM
If hewas then he deserved to be trampled
Gratitude Ncube 2014/08/26 01:07:53 PM
ironically no cigarettes found on him? only passport en phone ?
Ã…bshir Fire Cadde 2014/08/26 01:10:12 PM
Nationalist Elephant!
vernon 2014/08/26 01:14:13 PM
I keep telling you those smokes are going to kill you.
Joe Smit 2014/08/26 01:15:05 PM
Smoking was always bad for your health..
Nin Ja Kitty 2014/08/26 01:20:10 PM
Smuggling cigarettes was clearly a mammoth task for this dude.
Stephanus de Bruin 2014/08/26 01:21:23 PM
Racist elephant!!!??
Kathy Burger Hellyar 2014/08/26 01:25:23 PM
Good ellie. :-)
Deon Barnard 2014/08/26 01:33:29 PM
Elephants working for SARS now.