Woman Nabbed In Bedfordview, Rhino Horn Worth R6 Million Recovered

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A 48-year-old woman has been arrested after a police swoop on a residential estate in Senderwood, Bedfordview, east of Johannesburg, where they recovered rhino horns worth R6 million.

Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said on Thursday that police seized, “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”.

Recounting events leading to the swoop, Captain Mulamu said: “It is alleged that the investigation team followed up on intelligence received of an ongoing investigation related to a Kempton Park case, where suspects were arrested.”

After the arrests in September last year, the suspects were charged with illegal dealing in rhino horns as well as contravention of the customs and excise Act.

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

“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 were grocery items and brown boxes as well as scrap laptops.

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

The arrested 48-year-old woman is expected to appear in the Germiston Regional court tomorrow, 18 February 2022.

Major General Kadwa said: “This is viewed as a major breakthrough as the suspect arrested is believed to form part of a formidable international wildlife trafficking network.”