O3 March 2021
Gauteng – Two suspects aged 38 and 39 are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on Wednesday for charges of illegal possession and transportation of rhino horn, Hawks Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said.
“Benoni K9 unit followed up on intelligence regarding a planned illegal rhino horn sale in the Benoni area on Monday, 01 March 2021.”
“Police intercepted the positively identified suspects’ vehicle on Lionel Street in Benoni,” Mulamu added.
Upon searching the vehicle, police found a sizable rhino horn concealed in plastic bag inside the boot. A luxurious White Mercedes Benz used in commission of crime was also confiscated for further investigation.
Mulamu said, “The matter was referred to the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation in Germiston for further investigation.”
Meanwhile, a 37 year old man was arrested in February for illegal possession of lion bones worth approximately R2.3 million.
The man was arrested after members of the Hawks’ Serious Crime Investigation in Germiston, Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) Dog Unit, and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development conducted a string operation in Krugersdorp.
The investigation team received a tip-off about a man who kept lion bones in his premises without valid permits.
Following the tip-off, they intercepted the premises and discovered massive lion dried bones in the garage packaged in boxes and also from the clandestine laboratory inside bags ready for exportation to unknown destination.