Businessman arrested after 8 rhino legs found in fridge

Businessman arrested after 8 rhino legs found in fridge
Businessman arrested after 8 rhino legs found in fridge. Photo: SAPS

A 55 year old businessman has been arrested at a farm in Lephalale for illegal hunting of specially protected wild animals.

The police were following up information about seven (7) Rhinos that were allegedly killed and dehorned on a farm last year during November. It is alleged that the rhinos were transported in trucks to the farm where the animals were slaughtered. The origin of these rhinos is still being investigated.

The police pounced on the said farm after obtaining a search warrant and discovered seven (7) rhino tails, eight portions of lower legs and meat; all packed in a cold storage room. Rhino hides were also found.

A follow up is being made upon information that a helicopter was seen loading the horns and taking off from the said farm.

More arrests are expected. The suspect will appear in Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on Monday 30-01-2017.

Anyone with information is requested to contact Warrant Officer van Heerden at 0824142337.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service