Hlulani Baloyi (47) appeared in Kempton Park Magistrates’ Court on Thursday on charges of illegal possession of rhino horn and breach of the Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act.
The case was adjourned until August 11 for a formal application for bail.
“Members of Benoni’s dog unit noticed a suspicious Toyota Etios during routine patrol on the R21 highway near Atlas Road,” says Thatohatsi Mavimbela, spokesperson for the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations (the Hawks).
“They stopped the vehicle, with one occupant, and searched it. A yellow plastic bag was spotted under the driver’s seat. It contained a rhinoceros horn, which weighed 1.6 kg.”
The value of the rhino horn amounts to approximately R170 000.
The driver could not explain why he was in possession of the rhino horn.
“Baloyi was immediately arrested and the car and horn were confiscated for further investigation. The case has been transferred to the Hawks’ unit in Germiston, which investigates serious organized crime.”
The investigation continues.