Man caught with rhino horns worth R7m

2012-04-23 18:28

Johannesburg - A Vietnamese man has been arrested for possession of three rhino horns, the SA Revenue Service (Sars) said on Monday.

The 25-year-old was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday when the horns were found in his luggage, spokesperson Adrian Lackay said.

The three horns weighed about 13.9kg in total and had an estimated street value of R7.05m.

The man was leaving South Africa when his bags were searched by the Hawks, Airports Company SA officials and Sars.

"The man has travelled to South Africa before and he was being closely monitored when he was arrested," said Lackay.

He was expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

  • Squeegee - 2012-04-23 18:36

    Make an example of him and make sure it makes the news in China.

      Rohin - 2012-04-23 18:43

      vietnaam too

      Gieljam - 2012-04-23 18:57

      Squeegee I Agree remove his thorn and inject him with a horn ....

      Christelle - 2012-04-23 19:12

      I just wonder if he was closely monitored and our officials already has suspitions about him, why did they not monitor his movements whilst in the country. Cathcing him after the fact is good, but not good enough.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-04-23 19:37

      They hve DNA of every poached Rhino in S.A, they should try to link those horns to the poached Rhinos. This is simply too traumatic what these Asians ar doing to the African heritage!!!

      Christelle - 2012-04-23 19:44

      Cosmos, they simply have no regard for our heritage! And what they are doing to our animals, they are going to do to us too...

      Godfrey - 2012-04-23 22:42

      Trust they will leave no stone unturned to find his accomplices and make an example of them as well.

      Marc - 2012-04-24 07:27

      As long as the demand for Rhino horn is so great this will continue to happen here and throughout Africa. I mean R7mil for 3 Rhino horns, why not flood the market with horns (with poison) and bring that price down to a level where its just not worth the risk for the criminals

      sjmanthey - 2012-04-24 08:52

      this makes my blood boil...these f*#cking asians only know how to destroy, rape and pillage any natural habitat. GTF out of our country and continent!!! none of you are welcome!!!

      Chrono - 2012-04-24 09:55

      Yes, dehorn him.

      philip.venter1 - 2012-04-26 13:27

      @sjmanthey "To generalize is to be an idiot" - William Blake Blaming an entire culture for a what few cold blooded monsters did makes you look intensely closed minded and biased. Mahatma Ghandi was also asian and he was a better human being than you will ever be

  • kensong.ben - 2012-04-23 18:37

    Please , please , make an example of him and hope it serves as a lesson to others...

  • Irene - 2012-04-23 18:37

    Cut the swines nose off and see how he likes it! Vietnamese nose is the best cure for AIDS.

      christo.stone - 2012-04-23 18:44

      Not cut...hack it off with a panga like they do with the rhinos.

      Martin - 2012-04-24 07:48

      buy let a blind man with parkinsons do it

  • Vic - 2012-04-23 18:41

    Cut his horn off with a blunt knife !

  • Ian - 2012-04-23 18:42

    This is an inside job gone wrong. He may have been promised easy exit but did not come at the time he was told.

      malose.lekalakala - 2012-04-23 19:18

      All that you can say is negative things. Can you grow up and give credit were is due

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-04-23 19:38


  • Robin - 2012-04-23 18:44

    Throw the bas***d down the nearest long drop.

  • Boy Bana - 2012-04-23 18:47

    hang him high and let him dry. we hAve had enogh of these chings destroying our wiLd life

  • Rabble-Rouser - 2012-04-23 18:47

    Put in jail for 30 years.

  • Rudluv7 - 2012-04-23 18:48

    Wow 3 horns nd they worth R7 mil,no wonder y they are always hunting our poor rhinos

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-23 18:48

    Find the Farmer that helped him,

      kensong.ben - 2012-04-23 18:53

      Hahahahahaaaa..u can,t just help it can u ?

      Gerda Malherbe - 2012-04-23 18:55

      Mr Bluzulu, sorry to say, but most of the poachers were either from Mocambique or S Africans with surnames like yours, VERY few farmers

      Steven Trollip - 2012-04-23 18:58

      @bluzulu.what do you insinuating

      CoronaSherona - 2012-04-23 19:03

      As much as I hate to agree, ol' BluZulu is right. Let's not be blinded by ignorance - there ARE farmers that facilitate the poaching. Yes 90% of them are against it but some sadly aren't. Find them and feed them all to the lions.

      Gieljam - 2012-04-23 19:24

      You seem to have problem with farmers , rather say mungrel's .So sorry for the Rhinos who were happily minding their own untill they were gunned down by these cowards.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-04-23 19:40

      Its a matter time before a game farmer is linked to him,

      bluzulu - 2012-04-23 20:27

      C'mon now...

      ettienne.hattingh - 2012-04-24 07:20

      @bluzulu. You have serious issues. Rather refrain from making comments on this sight you narrow minded insect.

      Andrew - 2012-04-25 05:18

      If it was not for South African farmers there would be a lot fewer Rhino. South Africa has over 90% of the worlds white Rhino. South African farmers have done more for the White Rhino, then the whole of Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe an put together.

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-04-23 18:53

    Chuck the piece of rubbish into whats left of a rhino herd and let the rhino's deal with him.....ties his feet up he can't run....piece of garbage....hope he spills the beans on whoever else is involved....

  • Phumulani Ncube - 2012-04-23 18:55

    I think they should hang him

      scnzama - 2012-04-23 19:11

      you don,t think.that is your problem

  • Anthony - 2012-04-23 18:57

    shoot the s o b

  • shireen.abbas - 2012-04-23 18:58

    Hack off His nose and hang him high !!

      Rob - 2012-04-23 19:31

      Off with his nose!

      shireen.abbas - 2012-04-23 20:11

      Remembering that poor baby rhino's screams next to his dead mother and still trying to drink from her !! Make me wana hack off much more than his stupid nose !! The monsters

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-23 19:00

    They should sentence him to hang and if he appeals hang him a-peal and all

  • CoronaSherona - 2012-04-23 19:00

    I say, LET THEM POACH ... on the basis that they will part with their penises in exchange for the rhino horn. It is hardly a fair exchange because (1) those small weenies don't compare with the horns; (2) the rhino's die. The same fate should be given to the poachers. NO MORE POACHING!!!!!!!!

  • Nigel - 2012-04-23 19:00

    Burn him -seriously - a necklace - i'm in!

  • Freddie - 2012-04-23 19:01

    Send him down here to Pollsmoor. I can have a few 28's make good use of those Rhino horns. Then they should string him up under a tree in the bushveld by his feet and cut him just enough so the Lions and other predators can eat him alive.

      Freddie - 2012-04-23 19:03

      And then pics of his carcas to Vietnam and all those other Asian countries.

  • Morama - 2012-04-23 19:02

    Mob justice because if they send this animal to jail we will still need to feed him.

  • richard.lemmer1 - 2012-04-23 19:07

    Tie his Winkie to a vehichle and draghim down the street !

  • jacques.weidemann - 2012-04-23 19:14

    Cut the f#$kers nose off with a blunt knife

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-23 19:16


  • Gogs Lombard - 2012-04-23 19:17

    They execute drug smugglers. Let's see if our government has the balls to stand up against their Chinese masters and return the compliment by executing one of their citizens. Vietnam is close enough

      richard.hipkin - 2012-04-24 11:48

      You do know Vietnam is a different country right?

  • Kevin Nicklin - 2012-04-23 19:20

    When South Africans get caught drug trafficking in China, they are executed. Chinese are being caught with rhino horn in South Africa. Is this not just as bad an offense? Why does our government permit china to execute our citizens but not take the same action against illegal activities of Chinese citizens in south Africa?

      thinga - 2012-04-23 19:31

      Because South Africa does not have death penalty!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-04-24 11:48

      You do know Vietnam is a different country right?

  • Tsotsi - 2012-04-23 19:26

    This guy is an enemy of the people #Power to the people

  • Khaye - 2012-04-23 19:26

    Hang Him

  • Fixzoza - 2012-04-23 19:27

    Three rhino horns worth the value R7m, are you kidding me?

  • thinga - 2012-04-23 19:29

    He will be out in no time. I see you guys have forgotten that this is South Africa. They are maybe finalising the deal (bribes) to let him go.

  • Lerato - 2012-04-23 19:33

    Draft laws that guarantee at least a death penalty to these scums. If we go to their countries and commit similar offenses they won't hesitate to use the noose. Let's hang them and save the rhino !!!

  • AdeleFHM - 2012-04-23 19:35

    Off with his ding dong!!!! No mercy for people opposing animal cruelty.. AND please I do hope there's not any sick idiots out there that will feel inspired after this 7million article, some will do anything for survival or to be enrich, that's just DAMN wrong! Justice. Glad S.A got a new lead , well done

      Freddie - 2012-04-23 19:44

      The sad bit is that probably some Zimbo or Mozam that shot the Rhino was paid about R10k at the most...That will feed his family for a very long time...there will always be another poacher ready to do exactly the same. That is why we must stop the rot from the top!

  • Sewela Marcia Rapudubudu - 2012-04-23 19:36

    He deserve to die like the rhinos he killed in our country nxa WTF!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-23 19:36

    Tie the bastard to a tree and let a rhino ram him a few times.

  • Jason - 2012-04-23 19:38

    Sell the Rhino horns to China or Vietnam for R25mil and build some houses. At least some good will come of this tragedy.

  • Tshifhi.GT - 2012-04-23 19:42

    S.A.P.S is gonna prove once again that they are all pussies. He is gonna go free. Wish he was caught in a real policing country like Zimbabwe.

  • Tshifhi.GT - 2012-04-23 19:42

    S.A.P.S is gonna prove once again that they are all pussies. He is gonna go free. Wish he was caught in a real policing country like Zimbabwe.

  • Tumelo - 2012-04-23 19:44

    How does someone walk into an airport with rhino horns? Is this a plan gone wrong with airport staff? Clearly he has done this before!

      John - 2012-04-24 05:33

      Exactly Tumelo, the article said that they had been watching him for some time. I only hope that they are "waterboarding" him now to get supplier information out. It's all very well all of us shouting, hang him, cut off his horn, castrate him, but that will not give us the SHOOTER(poacher).

      Tumelo - 2012-04-24 06:56

      Yap! Agreed. What's wrong with these people?

  • Roan - 2012-04-23 19:47

    cut off his nose

  • Tony - 2012-04-23 19:54

    Hang him from the toll gantries.

  • Olebogeng - 2012-04-23 19:59

    There's no country in world like South Africa.R500 bail and case withdrawn,insufficient evidence. I bet that guy is going to win this case.

  • Andrew - 2012-04-23 20:02

    Cut his private parts off the slit eyed yellow scum!!!!!

  • Andrew - 2012-04-23 20:03

    The chinks and yellow men are royal game with the ANC. Don,t be stupid. Nothing will happen!!!

      bluzulu - 2012-04-23 20:29

      Got the slur in there.....I see. I sure the Article read Vietnamese,

      richard.hipkin - 2012-04-24 11:49

      Practise what you preach blupooh, you got your farmer dig in earlier...

  • Anthony - 2012-04-23 20:08

    cut his balls off

  • Anthony - 2012-04-23 20:08

    So sorry.Very bad grammar. I meant cut off his balls.

  • kelvin.strachan - 2012-04-23 20:17

    Give him 10 viagra and hack it off with a panga.

  • obuti.maja - 2012-04-23 20:20

    Big up 2 de Hawks, Sars n Airports Company South Africa

  • ec.van.niekerk - 2012-04-23 20:22

    sny sy horing af en laat hom uitbloei

  • ChrisKhanye - 2012-04-23 20:28

    I hope DNA tests lead to the scene of the crime. I wish his kind never survived American carpet bombing during the Vietnam War

  • Shaun - 2012-04-23 20:36

    For a country with our history it astounds me to see all the racial slurs that come out, seemingly from both blacks and whites, against Asians! This is indeed an issue that Asian countries need to address, but do we need to lower ourselves to crude racial insults?

      Alan - 2012-04-24 13:23


  • Mxeki - 2012-04-23 20:43

    South Africa has indeed turned into a venue of criminal activities. People frm other countries have really found a beautiful pitch to perform all their criminal skills and easily get away with it.

  • Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-04-23 21:14

    Take him to deepsloot place of (mob justice)