By Amanda Watson
The special task team set up by National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega to investigate rhino poaching has made its first arrests.
“Two South Africans employed by a concession in Kruger National Park were arrested Wednesday after being found in possession of two rhino horns,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale.
Makgale said the horns were removed from an adult rhino estimated to be five years old.
The detectives have been busy investigating new and old cases of poaching.
“It was while they were on a new case they received information that employees at the concession where involved in dealing in rhino horn,” said Makgale.
The suspects were arrested and a set of rhino horn was found hidden in nearby bushes and confiscated.
Makgale said the detectives were also following leads regarding the brutal stabbing of the CEO of Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust Loma Powrie and her husband David on Monday.
“Both victims survived the terrible ordeal despite sustaining multiple stab wounds. The motive at this stage is possibly robbery,” Makgale said.