Media Statement from Office of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks)

17 February 2022

GAUTENG – Gauteng Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Major General Ebrahim Kadwa is pleased with the latest development into the illegal dealing in rhino horns investigation which resulted in a massive seizure of rhino horns and other equipment in Bedfordview on Wednesday evening.

It is alleged that the investigation team followed up on intelligence received of an on-going investigation related to a Kempton Park case where suspects were arrested and charged with illegal dealing in rhino horns as well as contravention of the customs and excise Act, in September last year.

Further interrogation led the Hawks’ Serious Organised Investigation team in Germiston to a residential estate in Senderwood, Bedfordview, east of Johannesburg yesterday.

Upon arrival, police searched the premises and inside the garage, travelling suitcases were discovered, wrapped in plastic ready for distribution.

Police searched the luggage and inside was grocery items and brown boxes as well as scrap laptops.

Inside the boxes, police recovered rhino horns wrapped in heavy foil.

Amongst other seized items, were 29 rhino horns weighing 51.94 kilograms with an estimated street value of R6 million, 8 scrap laptops, 4 weighing scales, and 2 heavy cutting machines for further investigation.

A 48 year old female was immediately arrested and charged with illegal dealing in rhino horns and contravention with the NEMBA Act.

She is expected to appear in the Germiston Regional court tomorrow.

Major General Kadwa applauds the investigation team for their dedication in discovering the operation centre of the rhino horn trafficking syndicate. “This is viewed as a major breakthrough as the suspect arrested is believed to form part a formidable international wildlife trafficking network”, he concluded.

Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu
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