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Two imprisoned for possession of rhino horns

Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (HAWKS)

MPUMALANGA – The Middelburg Regional Court sentenced a father (48) and his son (27) to a total of 14 year imprisonment for National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act (NEMBA)-related charges on 19 November 2021.

On 20 April 2019, two Mozambicans both named Alberto Ernesto Nharreluga were travelling on the N4 in Nelspruit when they were stopped by the Middelburg Flying Squad members. Police searched their vehicle and recovered two rhino horns as well as shark fin. They were immediately arrested and they offered police officers R20 000 to turn a blind eye to criminal act. 

They were charged and the docket was assigned to the Middelburg based Hawks team for investigation. The accused were kept in custody throughout the trial.

They were sentenced to six years for possession of rhino horns, five years for corruption and three years for possession of a shark fin.



Captain Dineo Sekgotodi 
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