Accused Mbombela rhino horn thieves back in court

2014-06-17 08:38
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Mbombela - Two men implicated in the theft of 112 pieces of rhino horns from the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency offices in Mbombela are expected to appear in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Tuesday.

During their last appearance on 9 June, Ali Gideon Mtshali, aged 51, and Leonard Sizwe Malatjie, aged 34, who are from Kanyamazane, were not asked to plead to charges of housebreaking and theft.

Altogether 112 rhino horns worth R160 million were stolen from a secure strong room at the agency on 20 April.

The horns had been removed from live rhinos in order to protect them from poachers.

There has been much speculation that the theft was the result of an inside job.
- SAPA
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