Suspects to appear for possession of rhino horns

NELSPRUIT � Four men and a woman are expected to appear in two different courts tomorrow, Tuesday 23 April 2019, for possession of rhino horns, in two separate incidents.

In the first incident that took place at Komatipoort on 18 April 2019, in the afternoon, police intercepted a vehicle with two men and a woman. Upon searching the vehicle, they discovered a set of rhino horns and an unlicensed firearm with four rounds of ammunition. The trio aged between 21 and 37 were then arrested, hence their expected appearance at the Komatipoort Periodical Court.

In the second incident, two men believed to be from Mozambique, aged 46 and 26 were arrested on the N4 between Wonderfontein and Alzu Petro Port, near Belfast.

The duo were travelling towards Middelburg direction when the car they were travelling in was stopped by the Middelburg Flying Squad members performing routine stop and search. Upon searching it, the police found a set of rhino horns stashed in the car. The duo were arrested and are also expected to appear at the Belfast Magistrates' Court tomorrow, Tuesday 23April 2019. All the suspects are facing possession of rhino horns and additional charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition without a licence, on the first trio.

The Provincial Commissioner of police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma appreciated the good work by the men and women in blue and urged them to strengthen their efforts on road policing in order to claim back our roads from criminals.

Source: South African Police Service