Second suspect arrested for horn theft


Lindani Mthombeni (32) appeared in the Mahikeng Magistrate’s Court in North West on Friday on a charge of business robbery.

“He is connected with the alleged theft of 51 rhinoceros horns from a safe of the North-West Park Board two weeks ago,” says Lt. Col. Tinyiko Mathebula, spokesperson for the directorate for priority crime investigations (the Hawks).

Mthombeni was arrested in Brits on Wednesday by the Hawks, Rustenburg police’s public order unit, tactical operations management, Tracker Connect and the insurance crime bureau.

“The team followed up information after the suspect was spotted in Brits in a Range Rover Evoque. This vehicle is believed to have been used in the crime.”

Mthombeni was tracked down and arrested.

He will appear in court on 13 July 2023 together with Elias Manganda, who was arrested last week in connection with the crime. The two remain in custody pending their application for bail.

RNews earlier reported that five vehicles, which are believed to have also been used in the commission of the crime – a Range Rover, Land Rover, BMW, Nissan X-Trail and Honda Civic – have already been impounded for further investigation.