By Mara Ispas
Two suspects were arrested after they were found in the possession of two rhino horns in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Wednesday, said police spokesperson Lieutenant General SM Makgale.
“The SAPS team was busy conducting crime-scene investigations in the park when they were alerted that employees of a private company in the park were involved in illicit dealing in rhino horn,” he said.
“Our investigators followed up on the information which led to the initial arrest of the 40-year old suspect and then the subsequent arrested of the 55-year old suspect. The rhino horns were found hidden in nearby bushes and confiscated.”
Makgale said the horns were removed from an adult rhino with a possible age of five years. He said both suspects are believed to have been involved in negotiations to sell the horns to a Mozambican national.
“The Mozambican could not be traced but the detectives were able to confiscate his Ford Ranger as well as a Toyota Corolla belonging to the 40 year old suspect. Detectives are working closely with their counterparts from neighbouring Mozambique to trace the third suspect,” he said.
The suspects will appear in the White River Magistrates court on Friday on charges of unlawful possession of rhino horns and restricted activities in the KNP.