R11m in assets seized from game farmer

2012-07-20 22:13

Johannesburg - Law enforcement agencies on Friday seized R11m in assets from a Limpopo game farmer convicted of dealing in rhino horns.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the assets are believed to have been acquired by Jan Karel Pieter Els, from Thabazimbi, through criminal activities.

The assets included a Toyota Fortuner, a Toyota Hilux, a BMW motorbike, two Bombardier ATV motorbikes, and household goods.

Els further lost his game farm in Thabazimbi, company shares, and the contents of his bank accounts.

In March this year Els was convicted of illegally dealing in 38 rhino horns in 2009 and 2010. He had bought seven rhinos from the Limpopo Valley Conservancy in Musina, informing the environmental affairs department that he was taking them to Thabazimbi.

"Instead he dehorned five rhinos without a permit in Musina and moved some without horns," Malaudzi said.
Els also bought 30 horns from a manager at the Maremani Nature Reserve in Musina, Tommy Fourie. All were taken to Thabazimbi without a permit.

"All the horns involved were never recovered, since he claimed that they were all stolen from his farm," Malaudzi said.

Despite his claims of innocence, Els was convicted of illegally dealing in 38 rhino horns with a total value of R11.4m. The court also ordered him to pay R1m to the National Wildlife Crime Reaction Unit fund.

Els asked for leave to appeal, but this was turned down. He is currently serving a 10-year sentence at Sinthumule Kutama Prison. Two of those years were suspended.

Fourie committed suicide in November 2010, after being arrested with Els.

Friday's asset seizure was a joint effort between the endangered species unit of the Hawks, the National Prosecuting Authority, the Asset Forfeiture Unit, and Environmental Affairs.

  • lownabester - 2012-07-20 22:40

    Take everything, Strip them all naked, Wecan do with that money. Bunch of idiots.

      Boer - 2012-07-20 22:54

      Mmmmmm and Selebe is out of jail what a corrupt lot.

      Hermann - 2012-07-21 06:47

      @boer. Must you people always mix apples and oranges?

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  • Thabo@Shaku - 2012-07-21 00:04

    Lesson: Crime doesn't pay!

      brent.goldwyer - 2012-07-21 00:08

      just ask Selebi, Sheik

  • byron.pienaar - 2012-07-21 01:39

    May he suffer multiple was visits while in prison.only justice is Fourie is dead

  • Khumo Mashifane - 2012-07-21 02:10

    commendable work by the hawks. theres a lot of them(thieves) disguised in white skin, especially in our beloved clifton.

      edna.errenrich - 2012-07-21 03:57

      it must be nice for you not to have to disguise yourself

      peter.ilsley.9 - 2012-07-21 08:20

      Anticoconuts? White on the outside, black inside.

      Raai.wie - 2012-07-21 16:59

      Khumo the world will rejoice when you are killed. No go and water the garden.

  • Rob - 2012-07-21 02:11

    Awesome news! Now use those funds to catch the rest!

      stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-07-21 02:53

      Lol you have to be kidding if you think our goverment is going to use those funds for the people. It will probably end up in someone's bank account and be used for one huge party...

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-07-21 05:11

    This guy is a convicted criminal. He was blinded by greed. He is not the first one and surely not the last one. He must reap what he sawed. Hope he is not a member of the ANC.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-07-21 05:43

    Only 10 years in jail? The mother f----r should have got life.

  • hendrik.botha.35 - 2012-07-21 05:48

    Apartheid is to blame

  • jacques.marais.925 - 2012-07-21 05:57

    de horn him

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-07-21 06:59

    Nou is daar nog mense werkloos

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-07-21 07:07

    Grab his farm n the rest too

      jan.kotze.7 - 2012-07-21 10:17

      Read the article - they have already!!!!

  • nico.loubser.9 - 2012-07-21 07:08

    Fantastic news. Fourie killed himself. GOOD . Els may they rape you in jail. You F@#ker!

  • thomas.obrian.92 - 2012-07-21 07:12

    Great, they reap what they sow!

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-21 07:20

    Now that IS good week-end news. One can only hope that the assets seized are not going into someone's personal account.

  • victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-21 07:45

    Here's a great message to the Big cats in this Pathetic Industry, Nice Job.

  • richard.barrett.739 - 2012-07-21 08:07

    i am sure there is still more money hidden somewhere ,they find that to

  • Gerhard Mostert - 2012-07-21 09:02

    best news of the week . just wonder in which goverment official's pocket the money will end up

      njabs.ngcobo - 2012-07-21 10:09

      I was just about to post that very question. No news is good with our officials having a hand in it.

  • LSokhaba - 2012-07-21 09:19

    Good news. Criminals come in different colours - not just black and white.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-07-21 10:31

    Way to go! I'm glad you took the douchebag's farm, all farmers with criminal connotations must hve theit farms expropriated - Stellenbosch mafia comes to mind, you are next!

  • sarina.mtsk - 2012-07-21 12:01

    Amazing how colour is brought up even in cases were it does not apply!! Amazing!!

  • john.markham.737 - 2012-07-21 17:25

    Boer, these two men are nothing beter than the worst criminal. They are the scum of this earth. There are more of them among us. They are everywhere , they occupy high positions or the he work in your garden Pretending to care but they just wait for the right opportunity to harm you is some way. It could be you neighbor with his nice car and expensive lifestyle.

  • eva.mcwattershorner - 2012-07-22 11:18

    who's buying this stuff or they wouldn't be bothered supplying it. i weep over what they've killed in africa just for fun. and profit. nothing like a huge beautiful elephant head on yer wall. what a man.

  • esme.collins1 - 2012-07-22 18:10

    Let us keep race out of this debate Khumo Mashifane! This is about wildlife under threat for monetary gain!! Well done to the Hawks, NPA, AFU and Environmental Affairs. May you have success in all further investigations. Wish we could de-horn before incarcerating!!

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