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Man bust with 3 rhino horns

2012-01-17 11:16

Pretoria - A man has been arrested in Pretoria for alleged illegal possession of rhino horns, police said on Tuesday.

Police saw the 40-year-old man carrying a black bag on a footpath in Kameeldrift on Monday, said Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale.

He started walking faster as he neared a police car which was driving along the road, then ran past it into bushes.

A policeman gave chase. The man took something out of the bag and threw it aside while running away.

After he was arrested, the policeman found that the object was a black plastic bag allegedly containing three rhino horns. Police also seized a torch and a cellphone.

The man would appear soon in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court, Mogale said.

Comments
  • Edwin - 2012-01-17 11:22

    jail him for life

      procold2 - 2012-01-17 11:38

      they have a cell phone, must be able to catch a few more, he must have been on his way to deliver them

      Walter - 2012-01-17 13:08

      Yes, he must be tried as soon as possible. That's the reason why I keep saying special courts must be there to deal with these people straight away. Get them into clink and throw the keys away.

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-17 13:30

      Yep they need to make an example of this dude, hopefully they get the rest of the syndicates names out of him. I dont care to what lengths they go to get the info, even if he is hurt badly whilst they extracting the info.

      Willie - 2012-01-17 13:40

      No kill him dead

      JustMe - 2012-01-17 15:47

      First cut of HIS horn!

  • Owen - 2012-01-17 11:37

    I live in Mossel Bay, This weekend a rhino was killed for its horn in this area. The owner of the farm honestly could have done more to protect this animal. I have driven past the rhinos on several occasions and there is never anybody there to watch over them and the area where they are kept (there were two Rhinos there last time I checked) seems to be far from any farm house or any humans for that matter. These poor animals were sitting right next to a farm road, waiting for an opportunist.. Now the farmer is offering a cash reward for any information. HOW IS THAT ENOUGH? Why did he not look after his animals, especially considering the spate of attacks on Rhinos. That should be regarded as negligence. If you want to have rhinos on your farm to pull in the tourists then you should be taking all the necessary steps to protect them too, or give them to someone who will. If it was me I would have a team with guns watching over it at all times. At least.. They should investigate the farmer too. here is the story http://www.mosselbayadvertiser.com/news.aspx?id=19397&h=R100-000-beloning:inligting-oor-renoster

      jaxdstephenson - 2012-01-17 11:59

      Owen, you've highlighted a major knock-on effect as a result of rhino poaching - soon game farmers will chose not to stock rhinos because of the risk that they attract and the cost involved in protecting them. This farm may have chosen not to adequately protect his rhinos due to the cost of such activities. It is pity though that he didn't instead invest the reward he is now offering to protect them, but perhaps it wouldn't have lasted very long... Sad state of affairs all round.

      Larry - 2012-01-17 13:14

      I agree with jax.. We have rhino on our farm and have had serious debates about keeping them. One has been killed already. However and thankfully, sanity prevailed and our shareholders voted to keep them and uphold our pledge to protect them.

      Leslie - 2012-01-17 13:46

      Just curious Owen, why does the rhino owner have to go to those length to protect what is HIS? This country has a habit of blaming the victim, but surely we should rather be dealing strongly with the perpetrators? If we had a decent judicial system, and dealt with crime swiftly, surely then it would not be necessary to go to the extra cost. This man should not be given bail. If his finger prints are on the rhino horn, it should be a slam-dunk case. Sure, he can only be put away for possession, but a couple of years in the slammer (at mine and your cost), will hopefully deter him.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-17 13:56

      Owen, Rhinos are not domestic animals - they have to roam and feed. They are also not cattle where you can have someone walk around with them.

      Peter - 2012-01-17 14:45

      A couple of gaurds with guns, 24 hrs a day, you must plenty tom

      Owen - 2012-01-17 15:26

      Okay I will admit I was just a bit angry and irrational at the time. I just wish something could be done to stop this.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-01-17 18:25

      In this country if it ain't nailed down or being guarded 24/7 it'll disappear. Nothing is sacred...not ATM machines, not children and clearly nor are our animals. How absolutely stuffed up are we as a country.

  • Barrie - 2012-01-17 11:38

    Must have been too heavy to weave into his dreads...

  • a.j.bosch - 2012-01-17 11:45

    The Blood of a Rhino Poacher cures HIV/Aids and gives you amazing sexual prowess. Spread the word.

      Albert - 2012-01-17 12:11

      And the gauteng toll bridges are full of copperwire

      Walter - 2012-01-17 13:11

      You're inviting the ignorant to believe in that. Don't think it's good to publish something like that.

      carpejugulim - 2012-01-17 13:37

      What I cannot fathom is that considering rhino horn is made of compressed hair, as are your finger and toe nails, one should get roughly the same amount of "aphrodisiac kick" from chewing on one's nails ... doing that is free and you can't get caught and prosecuted. @ Walter that was said tongue in cheek and is a lot kinder than propagating the myth that you can be cured of HIV and Aids by having sex with virgins and children

      Paul - 2012-01-17 13:38

      And the NHI is there to promote witchcraft.

  • dlawre30 - 2012-01-17 12:02

    At last these guys are getting caught and last week 2 were shot. Need to get all of them and terack down the "king pins". Well done SAP

  • DieSeL - 2012-01-17 12:11

    great job catching him. now take the horn and stick it up his @$$!

  • Shirley - 2012-01-17 12:22

    Lock this vile piece of scum up and NEVER let him see the light of day!!

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-17 12:33

    Interrogate him and get the associates too! Then put all of them into a wood chipper!

  • John - 2012-01-17 13:08

    Make him talk and then kill him slowly. Zero tollerance.

  • Sithando - 2012-01-17 13:12

    You lot are not different from the criminals, just read how you puke evil and criminal suggestions.sies!

      Newsreader - 2012-01-17 14:25

      we are well taught by the criminal leaders of this country.

  • Ann - 2012-01-17 13:19

    Find his "masters"! Bastard!!!

  • Derk - 2012-01-17 13:20

    stick the rhino horn up his a*#e

  • SGL - 2012-01-17 13:36

    Show NO mercy!

  • Gail - 2012-01-17 13:54

    He is stripping South African treasures and what will he get. Mongrel should be given the same treatment he gave the poor rhino.

  • danigirl27 - 2012-01-17 14:09

    These people make me sick!

  • JakesLR - 2012-01-17 14:21

    I hope they torture him for information the same way he tortured these poor animals for their horns. Piece of rubbish scum, they should now cut his hands off as well so he can not harm any animals in future!! Great work police for catching him!!

  • Peter - 2012-01-17 14:52

    Its not only the rino SA is losing all our wealth under the ground is being sold to other countries the only ones that are benifitting here are the ones whos palm are being grased. One day we have no trump cards

  • Allen - 2012-01-17 15:05

    Torture him with the Rhino horns by sticking them where they fit best! Do this until he reveals the names of all the pathetic slime involved who decimate our wildlife heritage, all for the sake of a Chineese hard-on!

      Mabs - 2012-01-18 03:20

      And they do not even make it a hard - on!!!

  • jeremy002 - 2012-01-17 15:07

    We don't want to read, "Man arrested and found in possession of 3 rhino horns". We want to read, "Man in possession of 3 rhino horns shot dead in attempt at getaway". Not good enough.

  • Frik - 2012-01-17 15:19

    Cut his F^%^&ing horn off make an example of him.

  • doris.pfeifer - 2012-01-17 18:18

    "DE-HORN" him and leave him to DIE!!!!!

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-17 21:25

    Tie his hands behind his back and lock him in a cage with an angry bull rhino.

  • Grimett - 2012-01-18 08:47

    The chinese are are so good at making fakes, why don't they make fake horns to achieve their fake hard-on's.

  • Trevor - 2012-01-18 13:41

    let him loose with no weapons in the middle of a game park, the animals will have their revenge

  • neil.vdbijl - 2012-01-27 08:59

    take of his head in a public execution and put the video on YouTube for the world to see!! Send a message to the poachers and their bosses..

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