14 June 2017
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, has welcomed the arrest of two people at O R Tambo International Airport, and the recovery of 10 rhino horn valued at R2.8 million.
“The arrest of the two individuals who were flying out of South Africa to Hong Kong is further confirmation of the success of the multi-disciplinary law enforcement effort being undertaken to combat rhino poaching and wildlife crime under the umbrella of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros,” said Dr Molewa.
The two alleged smugglers were arrested after six rhino horn were discovered in the one man’s travel bag by SARS Customs officials. An inspection of a second travel bag led to the discovery of four more horns.
The matter is being investigated by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations.
In the past two months 50 people have been arrested, and 13 rhino horn, two elephant tusks and 19 hunting rifles recovered during operations directed at ending rhino poaching countrywide.