By Dineo Bendile
JOHANNESBURG – The Endangered Wildlife Trust says the arrest of 10 members of a rhino poaching syndicate is an indication of how highly organised criminals have become.
They are expected to appear in the Hatfield Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Over the last five years, the syndicate has reportedly obtained over 84 horns worth nearly R22 million.
Others involved include a Hawks official, a pilot and an attorney.
Conservation specialist Karen Trendler says wildlife crimes are highly tactical.
"These aren’t just people who are shooting a rhino because they don’t have money and they need to feed their family. This is highly organised crime with mass profitability.”
(Edited by Victoria Campbell-Gillies)