Three men suspected of having organised a rhino poaching syndicate were captured by the Hawks in Gauteng on Thursday.
The Gauteng Hawks officials confirmed that a team of experts was dispatched to execute a search operation following the investigation that had linked the detainees with several rhino horn transactions conducted over a period of a year. During the raid, three premises were searched and the officers apprehended two Chinese nationals and one Taiwanese man.
“Two rhino horns (with an) unconfirmed value and two vehicles, valued at R700, 000, were seized during the operation,” Hawks spokesperson Capt Dineo Sekgotodi revealed.
The arrested suspects are members of a notorious Chinese syndicate trafficking rhino horns from South Africa to South East Asian countries.
The three are to stand trial in the Kempton Park Magistrates’ Court on Friday.