Thursday, 26 November 2015

Major South African rhino poaching ring smashed

Twelve people believed to be the kingpins of a rhino poaching syndicate operating in Gauteng
and North West have been arrested after a joint operation by law enforcement agencies including
the Hawks.

Hawks spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said law enforcement officers had been on the
trail of the group for two years.

Thirteen illegal firearms (eight rifles and five pistols), three small scales, one electrical
hacksaw, four rhino horns, chopped rhino horns, R1.1m in cash and eight luxury vehicles were
found and confiscated during the operation. The value ofthe seized items was estimated to be
R6m.

The suspects could be facing charges of money laundering and racketeering, possession of
unlicensed firearms and ammunition as well as corruption.

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