Two men suspected of poaching were seized by SAPS for possession of at least 167 rhino horns destined for illicit Asian markets. That was one of the largest-scale seizures of rhino horns for the last few years in South Africa.
The police detained two men who were previously accused of rhino poaching thanks to a tip-off by residents who had noted strange behavior of their neighbours and a number of wooden boxes in their vehicle.
“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 said.
“It was an intelligence-driven operation that led to the arrest of the two. They were found in possession of those 167 rhino horns,” he said, adding “it is one of biggest (hauls)”.
The poachers aged 57 and 61 years have to take responsibility for the crime against wild nature.
Police officials revealed the rhino horns worth a “substantial amount of money” were destined for the Southeast Asian markets.