Police men arrested trying to sell rhino horn

FEBRUARY 27, 2015

In the on-going fight against rhino poaching, two police men were arrested on Tuesday after trying to sell rhino horn to an undercover task team in Johannesburg, police said in a statement.

This comes as the number of rhino poached in South Africa has shot from 13 in 2005 to 1 215 in 2014. The number killed in 2015 already stands at more than 110.

“…four suspects were arrested at Irene Mall by a multi-disciplinary SAPS task team.

“After information was received regarding the suspects being in possession of rhino horn, an operation took place during which the suspects tried to sell rhino horn to the team,” the statement read.

“They were arrested and the rhino horn, estimated at about R500 000, was found behind the back seat of their car.

“Shockingly, two of the suspects were found to be police members, W/Officer Mothupi of the West Rand Dog Unit (the handler of a sniffer dog trained to detect rhino horn) and W/Officer Khumalo from Honeydew Crime Intelligence Gathering.”

The suspects appeared in court on Thursday and were granted R15 000 bail.