Celebrate who apparently wanted to peddle rhino horn


Four defendants appeared in the Thlabane Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of trafficking in rhino horn.

The accused (respectively 27, 39, 49 and 51 years old) were arrested after an undercover operation in Rustenburg. The accused apparently intended to sell a rhinoceros horn for R65 000.

Information about the transaction was obtained and the police swooped on the men shortly after the transaction was concluded.

All four accused are in custody and the case has been adjourned until March 20 for a bail application.

Maj. Gen. Patrick Mbotho, head of the Falcons in the North West, welcomed the arrests and praised the officers for their quick action in response to the information received.