The biggest haul of rhino horns in the country was seized by the Hawks on Saturday. Two suspected poachers were arrested in the North West following a tip off about a car transporting rhino horns.
“We arrested them on Saturday in the Hartbeespoort dam area. They were driving in a vehicle and they were intercepted,” Hawks spokesman brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi stated. “It was an intelligence-driven operation that led to the arrest of the two. They were found in possession of those 167 rhino horns, it is one of biggest (hauls)”.
Today, the suspects, aged 57 and 61, are expected in the Brits Magistrates’ Court.
The rhino horns worth a substantial amount of money were allegedly destined for the South East Asian markets. In China and Vietnam, the horns are used in traditional medicine and can fetch up to $60,000 (over 835,000 SA rand) a kilo.
In 2018, 769 rhinos were poached in South Africa alone. More than 7,100 animals have been killed since 2008.