The National Prosecuting Authority said on Monday that the Pretoria High Court had granted an order to seize the assets of suspected rhino poaching ring leader, Joseph Nyalunga. Spokesman, Medupe Simasiku said the order was granted in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act. Simasiku said: The application was launched by the Asset Forfeiture [...]
More than R40 million worth of rhino horn, as well as elephant tusks and leopard skins were seized in two operations in Gauteng last week. Both operations are linked to a 40-year-old KwaZulu-Natal man, who was arrested, along with six foreigners, during the operations.
It would appear that authorities are finally starting to make serious inroads into the rhino horn trafficking underworld. A suspected kingpin, and former Mpumalanga police officer, was arrested on Friday in Hazyview. He was found with four rhino horns, and over R60 000 in his possession.
If you’ve been following the development of the rhino poaching issue in South Africa recently, you will be pleased to know that two Thai nationals, suspected to be central to an international rhino poaching syndicate, were arrested at OR Tambo International this morning.