Chinese national nabbed with 10 rhino horns at OR Tambo

2016-08-19 16:07

Johannesburg - A Chinese man was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport while allegedly trying to leave the country with R1.5m worth of rhino horns, the Hawks said on Friday.

He allegedly had 10 rhino horns, 84 ornaments and 41 bangles made from rhino horns in his possession when he was caught on Thursday, spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda said.

"The suspect, aged 48 years, was about to board a flight to Hong Kong when he was nabbed. The suspect claimed to have acquired the rhino horns from Maputo, Mozambique."

He would appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of trafficking in rhino horns.

On the same day, a Tanzanian national was arrested with 10kg of ephedrine, valued at approximately R700 000.

The 46-year-old man had arrived on a flight from Abu Dhabi. Two packets of the drug were found when his bag was searched.

He would appear in the same court on Monday on drug dealing charges.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.