South Africa Anti-Poaching : 2 Vietnamese arrested with rhino horns

South Africa Anti-Poaching : 2 Vietnamese arrested with rhino horns

The South African Revenue Service says it’s made its single biggest rhino horn seizure to date.

Its customs team at OR Tambo International Airport has arrested two men travelling from Maputo to Vietnam carrying rhino horn to the value of R4.5 million.

A team at the airport stopped the men with over 34 large pieces of horn.

The population of rhinos, indigenous to southern Africa, is being decimated by poachers who supply a demand for horns for decorative and supposed medicinal purposes especially in Asian countries.

A total of 933 rhinos were killed in South Africa in the year to October, from 1,004 in 2013, according to conservation group Stop Rhino Poaching. The country has an estimated 20,000 of the animals, the biggest population in Africa.

The two Vietnamese men were booked on a flight to Hanoi from the capital of neighbouring Mozambique and were arrested during an hour-long stopover in Johannesburg.

The horns are believed to have originated in South African parks, a police statement said.

  • Quedok

    Make them an example of what happens to rhino poachers or traffickers. Execute them in a horrific way as to get the point across to others who have ideas of doing harm to rhinos.