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Two suspects arrested for rhino horn trafficking

Media Statement from Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS)
South African Police Service

PRETORIA – Two suspects aged 57 and 61 will make their first appearance at the Brits Magistrate Court after they were intercepted with more than 167 rhino horns on Saturday in the North West.

An operation by the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Endangered Species Unit, Special Task force, Tracker SA and Vision Tactical landed the two suspects behind bars after information surfaced that a vehicle that from a coastal province was carrying a considerable number of rhino horns.

The vehicle was intercepted in the Hartebeespoortdam area where the 167 rhino horns worth a substantial amount of money were seized.  The rhino horns were destined for the South East Asian markets.

Rigorous investigations on the two suspects as well as the value of the horns are still ongoing. Further details on the incident will be communicated in good time.


Media Enquiries: Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi - 082 373 2408