Hawks nab rhino horn suspects


The Hawks arrested three suspects for being in possession of firearms, rhino horns and tiger carcasses.

The suspects are expected to appear at the Klerksdorp and Jouberton Magistrate’s Courts for illegal possession of firearms and contravention of the National Environment Management Biodiversity (NEMBA) Act.

Their arrest follows an intelligence driven operation by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit with members of Crime Intelligence, National Intervention Unit and the illicit mining group. This led to the arrest of three suspects aged 23, 35 and 43 in Klerksdorp and Hartbeesfontein on Tuesday.

The first suspect was arrested at a farm near Klerksdorp where he was found in possession of a hunting rifle, shotgun, revolver, pistol, empty cartridges and live ammunition.

Further investigation led the team to a farm in Hartbeesfontein where two further suspects were arrested after an assortment of firearms and ammunition, including a rifle, hunting rifle, pistol and revolve, was found.

A hundred rhino horns were found, four tiger carcasses and 1000 US dollars. All exhibits were confiscated for further investigation.