R55m seized from suspected poachers

2012-05-09 11:21

Polokwane - The Asset Forfeiture Unit seized assets valued at R55m from suspected rhino poachers in Polokwane, Limpopo, on Wednesday, police said.

Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said the assets were believed to have been acquired through crime, particularly rhino poaching.

They were seized from Dawie Groenewald, and two veterinary surgeons, Dr Karel Toet and Dr Manie Du Plessis.

In September 2010, the three were officially charged with 1 872 counts of racketeering in one of the biggest wildlife crime cases in South Africa.

"While this matter is still pending in court, the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act allow the Asset Forfeiture Unit to seize and preserve the assets of an accused until the case is finalised," Naidoo said.

On conviction, the seizure was realised and the proceeds were used to combat crime.

Naidoo said 99 people had been arrested throughout the country since January for rhino-related matters.

  • Greg - 2012-05-09 11:29

    Glad to see something is being done about the criminals involved in these horrific acts...however, 'the proceeds were used to combat crime' ...I hope by crime they mean poaching!?

      Martin - 2012-05-09 11:30

      i somehow doubt that,

  • Vic - 2012-05-09 11:30

    Show no mercy towards these bastards! leave them with nothing, and jail them for 25 years!

  • Natasha - 2012-05-09 11:31

    Great......hope some of this money will help the remaining rhinos to be kept safe...

  • George - 2012-05-09 11:32

    Let me represent u in court and share that money once I win the case

      chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-05-09 11:42

      Proverbs 15:27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.

      George - 2012-05-09 11:49


  • Colin - 2012-05-09 11:37

    Hang them! Alongside every rotten criminal that hurts people and animals for their own sick purposes. If no one wants to do it......I am certain we will find lots of volunteers! I don't know why but this somehow seems worse because the implication is that these criminals were upstanding members of the community. It only goes to prove that evil knows no bounds, cultural or socio-economic. That's the real sickness of world society today, evil has penetrated every sector of our society........roll on the next plague and hope it catches all of them!

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-05-09 13:51

      And you only realize this now?

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-09 11:39

    ""They were seized from Dawie Groenewald, and two veterinary surgeons, Dr Karel Toet and Dr Manie Du Plessis."" No surprise here, These are the kingpins responsible for the high level of crime in RSA.

      Kent - 2012-05-09 11:51

      @ Tamaranui the kingpin maker. You sure all full of Sh*t. Sorry I wasted my time replying to you.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-09 11:54

      FACTS old man.......Why waste your comment. Crime syndicates in this country are not run by the prodominantly Black perpetrators however it is run by the Gucci clad, Mercedes driven upper class Recidivist.

  • chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-05-09 11:40

    Luke 8:17 17 For there is nothing hidden that shall not be disclosed, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come out into the open. God is working behind the scenes. None shal get away with their evil plans. They think they are doing well to hide their evil from man, But God sees all things.

  • philschalkwyk - 2012-05-09 11:41

    The majority of Rhino poached are in KNP. During the old days, a high voltage fence stretched from Komatipoort to the Limpopo to keep foreigners OUT. Those who persisted in coming through this fence into KNP were electrocuted and their remains left where they fell. Then some clown decided to remove the fence because it was inhumane! So what do we have now? a free for all for refugees and poachers. I say put the fence back!

      Alan - 2012-05-09 11:44

      Most of the KNP poaching now has ranger involvement who are advising poachers where the patrols are.

      John - 2012-05-09 11:54

      the fence is still there i think, on the border of the park around sa i saw it the other day just needs switching on, also the main fence betweem sa and mozam was removed to create this trans national park, but ja anyway i agree put it back up and switch it on

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-09 12:26

      A lot of the poaching is happening on the Eastern border, so whilst the fence has an impact, the biggest poaching is still from the SA side. Biggest hassle are the incredibly mind bogglingly corrupt Mamparalanga SAPS.

  • chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-05-09 11:46

    Proverbs 15:27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live. Jeremiah 6:13 "From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit. Mark 8:36 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Ephesians 5:5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person-such a man is an idolater-has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Proverbs 28:22 A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him. Proverbs 28:25 A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper. Gods Word never returns Void. Isaiah 55:11 11 So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

  • Piet - 2012-05-09 11:50

    Some good news to lighten our day....

  • mulalo.makhale - 2012-05-09 11:54

    "The Asset Forfeiture Unit seized assets valued at R55m" I wonder where all that is going***

      Deon - 2012-05-09 11:59

      Maybe a few more Mercs for Gov?

  • Gideon - 2012-05-09 11:57

  • khutso.b - 2012-05-09 12:13

    I hope that money doesn't fall into the hands of corrupt officials...

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-09 12:35

      It will, because it will be government officials - I doubt there are many of them who are not corrupt.

  • Lloyd - 2012-05-09 12:18

    Love it!!!

  • Tumelo - 2012-05-09 12:48

    Educated crooks! They supposed to be helping these rhinos! Hope they remove their horns!

  • Mhla - 2012-05-09 12:54

    If the judges can consider how evil,bruterly,satanic these animals were killed . . .life sentence for each rhino killed would bring healing to the broken hearts of animal lovers . . .ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!

  • Mhla - 2012-05-09 12:57

    My mouth would never say DOCTOR to such evil doers . . . I would be insulting myself if I call such criminals DOCTOR . .

  • Michiel - 2012-05-09 13:25

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty? As far as I know the criminal case is not even close to hearing stage. Sure, if found guilty, seize the spoils of crime but to take common household items at this stage sounds like harassment. It is a sad day when authorities start acting in a Gestapo-like manner. They should rather focus on the criminal case. The accused appeared in court the first time as long back as September 2010. Very little has happened since then. Maybe they played this one for the press audience? I wonder? ....

      Ted - 2012-05-09 13:41

      The items can develop legs and disappear. They can also be transferred elsewhere if they are not secured. The fellaz have been charged. The law allows that for a definite reason. Crime is crime everywhere. Noone should br be treated with kid gloves just because he is a Vet.

      Herman - 2012-05-09 22:18

      Even if these pillars of society are acquitted on 95% of these charges there is still enough there (90 charges) to deserve the harshest punishment that the law allows for. Obviously it is important to ensure that assets that may have been acquired through criminal means should be secured until a verdict has been reached or do you suggest we trust these "entrepreneurs" not to devise another scam?

      Michiel - 2012-05-10 14:04

      Let's look at this objectively and not emotionally. What scares me is that the possibility exist that the national prosecuting authority and the asset forfeiture unit have the power to wreck a person's life before the trial even started. What if they are found not guilty?? Surely that possibility exits. I am 100% in support of the Proceeds of Crime Act. The purpose thereof is to ensure that people do not benefit from crime once there is a conviction and also, prior to conviction, if there is reason to believe that the accused may dispose or hide assets it may be taken into custody and be preserved pending the outcome of the trail. This all sounds good and noble but allows for major misuse. The accused appeared the first time in court during 2010. They still stay in the same house and operate the same business. So on what basis do you justify cleaning them out at this stage? The authorities practically closed their business and the trial has not even started! They have cleaned out residences to the last knife and fork. Without conviction?? Surely that cannot be right. I know the public outcry is to have no mercy with Rhino pouching and I agree, but we live in a modern society where someone is innocent until proven guilty. Find them guilty first!! Or are we becoming a society where we stone people to death on a mere suspicion? I don’t know but to me these actions of the authorities are Gestapo-like and the thought of it being possible terrifies me!

  • Herman - 2012-05-09 13:36

    A GOOOOOOOOD sample. Lets just hope all the mony is going for anti poaching!

  • Vernon - 2012-05-09 13:38

    vets earning millions in their practices,wow.thats a red flag already.

  • Thoka - 2012-05-09 13:54

    i thought Dawie was just innocent Safari hunter. its true do not trust anybody. We admired the thief

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-09 14:00

    Blooming savages. Throw them in prison and forget about them.

      Herman - 2012-05-09 22:21

      And plaster the walls of their cells with pictures of butchered rhinos so that there is nothing else to look at for the rest of their lives!

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