Duo to appear for possession of rhino horns

NELSPRUIT - Two suspects aged 27 and 32, will appear at the Witbank Magistrates' Court tomorrow, 14 June 2018, facing a charge of unlawful possession of rhino horns.

This comes after they were arrested on 11 June 2018, at approximately 13:00, on the N4 Highway between Witbank and Middleburg by members of the Highway Patrol Unit in Witbank. The members were alerted to be on the lookout for a white BMW heading towards Gauteng, transporting rhino horns. They spotted a vehicle fitting the description they had been given, signalled for the driver to stop but he sped off and they gave chase. The members were able to get the driver to pull off the road and stop. Upon searching it, they found a set of rhino horns wrapped in foil and stashed in the boot inside the spare wheel compartment and they were arrested on the spot, hence their appearance tomorrow. The vehicle was also seized in term of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

The Provincial Commissioner of the Police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma applauded the cooperation between police and members of the community in bringing to book yet other people who are threatening the fauna and flora of the country by hunting endangered species.

Source: South African Police Service