A Zimbabwean national has been arrested in Malvern, Johannesburg, for being in possession of ivory worth half a million-rand.

The suspect was arrested following an intelligence driven operation which led police to a house in Malvern where the suspect was found making chop sticks out of illegal ivory.

“They found a Zimbabwean national busy making chop sticks out of ivory. We also found other ivory products, everything to the value of R500 000. The Zimbabwean was arrested for possession of ivory and the manufacturing of ivory products and he will appear in court either on Thursday or Friday,” says police spokesperson Johan Jordaan.