Cops praised for for huge poaching bust

2012-05-16 21:51

Johannesburg - The officials who recovered 10 rhino horns and R3.5m in cash in a Bedfordview raid needed a "big pat on the back", Ekurhuleni Community Safety MMC Mthuthuzeli Siboza said on Wednesday.

"Only [through] true dedication to their work, coupled with good relations with communities they serve, can such impressive yields be realised by our metro police officers in the fight against crime in our city of Ekurhuleni," he said in a statement.

"Strong partnerships with communities as well as with our big brother [the] SA Police Service are proof that together we can make significant headway in fighting criminals.

All parties which collaborated in this success deserve a big pat on their backs."

A Vietnamese man was arrested in the raid on his flat on Tuesday night.

Siboza said Ekurhuleni metro police had gathered information on the flat two weeks before the raid.

Ten rhino horns, an elephant tusk, gold jewellery, R3.5m and $40 000 (about R332 400) in cash were seized.

Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said the horns were worth about R12m to R15m.

  • Werner Lombard - 2012-05-16 22:07

    Bit of a stutter in the heading...

      wcslater - 2012-05-16 22:33

      Just a a bit

  • gouws2 - 2012-05-16 22:25

    t00 bad they c0uIdnt catch them bef0re 10 rhin0s died

  • Christopher - 2012-05-16 22:31

    But they dead...the rhinos? you such good investigators, that they had to die before you think you are heros...not...sad.

      Christopher - 2012-05-16 22:33

      Pathetic..this is your job and you are useless at it...well frig**n done..

      Thabang - 2012-05-16 22:59

      One of the responsibilities for crime intelligence is to stop the crimes before they happen. Unfortunately they are now caught in the political factions.

      John - 2012-05-17 05:15

      WTF both of you talking about? Please call again when you see a Vietnamese man with rifle and hacksaw busted. Police captured just a single link (a middle man) from this well organised syndicate. Obviously police will try to get as much as possible intelligence prior to arrest, but not losing the target. Two weeks surveillance in this case has nothing to do with actual poaching act. Just to update you a bit....there are more rhino horns in the market than buyers. Don't think that someone from Vietnam lands in South Africa and posts ads "Looking for Horns" and/or “Seeking for Hunters". Currently trade goes over the supplies from the last 2-3 years. Well done to Ekurhuleni metro police. I hope this one doesn't need Interpreter also.

      En - 2012-05-17 08:43

      Um Christopher....since when has it been the metro police's job to STOP poaching? That responsibility lies with SAN Parks, game owners, the army etc etc. Unless you've seen any rhino walking in downtown joburg, because i know I haven't. The fact that they bust the middle man, who is obviously part of a very big group must be congratulated. Yes it's of course sad that those rhino were killed, but if they never caught this guy do you think he would have stopped at ten? No. It really doesn't look good when people get overly you're being now

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  • Ken - 2012-05-16 22:41

    It would have been a much happier headline if it read somthing like "Scumbag Vietnamese poacher caught with 10 Rhino horns shot in the head, brains splattered over fake tiger skin rug"

      John - 2012-05-17 05:43

      I guess the "fake tiger skin rug" is the one that your mother in law wanted for her birthday?.... Kan Jay sound like Afrikaans rapper. Maybe Die Antwoord will buy those lyrics from you.

      Vernon - 2012-05-17 07:58

      or found with bullet in the head ,hung upside down with rhino horn up his rear.

  • robbieyahu - 2012-05-16 23:04

    it is a well known fact that the the human brain overrides the eye to not se the second THE ....or even the second FOR .... dont think so read my statement again word for word and also the heading of this news article !!! but never the less good work done cops and the informers too we need to stop killing innocent BE-INGS !!! peace4peace

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  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-17 07:28

    Castrate the sumb*tch and then shove the rhino horn up his bum until the tip tickles his tonsils!!

      Andiswa - 2012-05-17 07:52

      Hahahahahahahaha jho Jordan wow wow wow.

  • Andiswa - 2012-05-17 07:30

    These poachers deserve a fair and simple life sentence in jail.much appreciation to the SA police.keep up the good work guyz.

      Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-17 07:39

      Mmmmm!! a true democrat...ICEHOLE!!

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-17 07:37

    Its rather pleasing to hear that Metro is on the good side of the article for a change. Well done boys. Keep on tightening that screw on these low life's. They must feel the pressure from all sides.

  • Gideon - 2012-05-17 11:43

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