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Recently extracted rhino horns recovered by police. Photo: SAPS.

Rhino poachers expected in court next week

Two Rhino poachers arrested with horns and large amount of cash have been charged with dealing in rhino horns

rhino poachers rhino horns

Recently extracted rhino horns recovered by police. Photo: SAPS.

Two apprehended Rhino poachers are due to appear in court next week following their intelligence-driven arrest.

The suspects aged 48 and 39 are expected to appear in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 20 June on allegations of being in possession of rhino horns.


According to a police report, the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team in Germiston, Stock theft, Local Criminal Record Centre (LCRC), and the Department of Environmental Affairs conducted an intelligence driven operation after receiving information about a vehicle reportedly travelling from the Kwa-Zulu Natal to Gauteng with rhino horns.

“Authorities intercepted the identified vehicle, silver Toyota Fortuner with two occupants aged 39 and 48 in the East of Johannesburg,” said Captain Ramovha.

“Upon searching the vehicle, the police found two pieces of rhino horns concealed in the front part of the vehicle,” Captain Ramovha added.

The horns appeared to have been recently extracted, according to the police. Also, over R5000 in cash was found in suspects’ possession.

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The two suspects arrested with rhino horns and cash. Photo: SAPS.

“The pair has been charged for dealing in rhino horns thereby contravening the National Environmental Management Biodiversity (NEMBA) Act,”

Captain Ramovha

The poaching of Rhinos for their horns continues to be an uneasy crime to curb by law enforcement due to the value they possess in the international black market.

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Rhinos are dehorned for use in traditional Chinese medicine, but increasingly common are its use as a status symbol to display success and wealth, according to Save the Rhino, an organisation leading the charge against Rhino poaching.


Lastly, police have urged any person with information of a rhino poacher or syndicate to tip them off on 08600 10111.