Hawks intercepts pair for rhino horn possession

South African Police Service

Hawks intercepts pair for rhino horn possession
Hawks intercepts pair for rhino horn possession. Photo: SAPS

Two suspects aged 38 and 47 are expected to appear at the Alexandra Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 19 September 2019 for alleged possession of a rhino horn.

The duo was arrested following an intelligence driven operation by members of the Hawks’ Wildlife Anti Trafficking Unit, Crime Intelligence and Midrand SAPS detectives. The team spotted and intercepted a vehicle along the N1, Southbound, just before Olifantsfontein off-ramp in Midrand on Tuesday afternoon, 17 September 2019.

The resultant search uncovered a rhino horn that was concealed in a refuse bag underneath the passenger seat of the VW Golf 5. Preliminary investigations suggests that the rhino horn with yet to be determined value was allegedly smuggled from Mpumalanga and was on its way to be sold in Johannesburg.

The pair are expected to make their first court appearance for the contravening of the National Environmental Management Biodiversity (NEMBA) Act.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service