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Two suspects arrested at OR Tambo International Airport with rhino horns

Media Statement from National Joint Operational
 and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS)

Pretoria:  Two suspects aged 36 and 40 years were arrested last night at OR Tambo International airport with 10 pieces of rhino horn worth an estimated R2 million.

During an intelligence-driven operation, members of the detective team at the airport followed up information about the smuggling of horns.  The suspects arrived at the airport with the intention of boarding a flight to Vietnam but they were intercepted by the SAPS team and their luggage was searched. 

This is one of many successes in the ongoing war against endangered species and wildlife crimes in the country.   The arrest comes after intensive and thorough investigation by the members of the multi-disciplinary team at OR Tambo International Airport.  The partnership of the different stakeholders involved in this never-ending challenge is vital, and it continues to yield positive results. 

The suspects will appear in the Kempton Park Magistrates’ Court on charges of illegal possession of rhino horn. 

This arrest is indicative of their commitment to rid the airport of criminality.  Successes such as this, are a culmination of efforts that form part of the revised strategy that has been implemented at the OR Tambo International Airport.  

People may call Crime Stop at 08600 10111 with such information. Callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated with strictest confidence. We urge the people of South Africa to continue supporting police efforts in the fight against crime.


Enquiries: Lt Col KD Mogale:  082 455 5782