Vietnamese man bust with 10 rhino horns

2012-05-16 07:24

Johannesburg - A Vietnamese man was arrested when 10 rhino horns were found in a raid on his flat in Bedfordview, on the East Rand, on Tuesday night, police said.

Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said police, Ekurhuleni metro police and home affairs officials raided the flat on a tip-off.

"We recovered 10 rhino horns, worth between R12m to R15m, one elephant tusk, gold jewellery, and huge stacks of money," Naidoo said.

"There must be millions of rands in the flat. Some of it is in [US] dollars," he said.

  • Vimalin - 2012-05-16 07:31

    leave him alone with an angry Rhino for his punishment

      Jack - 2012-05-16 07:51

      Hats-off to the police on this one. Well done.

      Johan - 2012-05-16 08:04

      The police will now probably steal everything !

      spartanx93 - 2012-05-16 09:15

      Immigration should place tougher visa rules for this little yellow men! If they want to visit South Africa, it must be done via a tour group.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-16 09:37

      Well done cops - now we want to see the courts do a good job. Make an example of this scum.

      esme.collins1 - 2012-05-16 22:40

      You have given the best sentence yet!!

  • rowan.rennie - 2012-05-16 07:39

    I think they should cut off his little horn and let him bleed.

      dracolusus - 2012-05-16 08:40

      I was thinking the exact same thing

      Ray - 2012-05-16 08:55

      They wouldn't get much for it as Vietnamese are not known to be well endowed.

      Rudie - 2012-05-16 08:58

      Ha ha no mo lhino hon mei chi ko tung.

  • Kobus Steyn - 2012-05-16 07:39

    Bring back the Death Penalty!!!!!

      Jack - 2012-05-16 07:52

      These are our rhino, i say we all get a chance to smash his head-in.

  • edward.herbst - 2012-05-16 07:43

    Cut off his horn.

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-05-16 07:50

    It is a good as drug traffiking make an example of him as his people would do in his country, but then again it depends who is all in on the deal.

      Marion - 2012-05-16 07:54

      @Agent ... my sentiments exactly. Write the minimum sentences, per horn, tusk etc., into the statute books and punish them severely.

      Ben - 2012-05-16 08:22


  • Marion - 2012-05-16 07:52

    SA should deal with rhino horn poachers / smugglers the way the asian countries deal with drug dealers / smugglers. x number of years for every horn in your possession. All sentences to run consecutively.

  • Morwa - 2012-05-16 07:52

    very soon we 'll b told the man got bail

      thinga - 2012-05-16 08:16

      maybe he is out already!!!

  • Leon - 2012-05-16 07:53

    Feed him to the lion cub.

  • Carla - 2012-05-16 07:54

    Bastard! We really need to start scrutinising who we let into our country.

      Marion - 2012-05-16 08:16

      @Moi - many foreigners who enter the country illegally come here with a letter from someone in SA (possibly paid for) inviting them to visit for x amount of time. Then they just never go back. There was a time when such movement, work permits etc., were very strictly monitored and when the time period for being in the country was up the person was tracked down and sent home.

      Carro - 2012-05-16 19:01

      It's the same in every Western democracy. The bigger a scammer you are, the more likely you are to get in. What the blankety-blank are governments so afraid of? Will the era of BS ever come to an end?

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-05-16 07:55

    Come on now, these guys come to SA do these horrific crimes and get away with it! Its either the gvt introduce death penalty or viva Khayelitsha style - necklace these scums !!

  • Michael - 2012-05-16 07:56

    I sincerely hope this is the beginning of the end. Get rid of this cancer that is taking our heritage away from us. Go SAPS go! Surely there is more to this story than the published article.

      Marion - 2012-05-16 08:16

      As long as we don't get told that the items were in fact fake.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-16 08:17

      There is no end to this unless the culture of using rhino horn as medicine can be changed. The stuff is just too valuable, there are plenty of greedy humans ready to fill this guys shoe's, they will never all be caught. Or the price needs to come down, possibly by legalising the trade in the horn. (Many thumbs down I'm sure, for this suggestion, but what is the alternative?) The war against drugs is a perfect example, they are illegal, hence valuable, and the industry has only become more powerful, dangerous, and bigger, due to this. Making drugs illegal merely creates a few more jobs for law enforcement officers.

      Marion - 2012-05-16 09:49

      @chumscrubber - if the government floods the market with the 20 tons of rhino horn that is stockpiled in SA (due to natural death of rhino) then the price could be pushed down. I think they are negotiating with CITES at present to get the release of stockpiles approved.

      Carro - 2012-05-16 19:03

      Honestly, just stop letting asians in period. Did you hear about the Chinese eating the rare tortoises in Zimbabwe? There is a giant funnel, ending in China, into which the world's species are disappearing. It's time for the rest of the world to hold this nation, a global environmental pirate to account.

  • Deana - 2012-05-16 07:57

    Cruel, heartless bastard! Stab him to death with the rhino horns!

  • Herman - 2012-05-16 07:57

    Cut off his dick!, then he dont need rhino horn!!!

      Vernon - 2012-05-16 12:10

      bru, they use it for hangovers too!!!usa should really have nuked them when they had the chance.

  • Werner - 2012-05-16 08:00

    make him a minister, he clearly has what it is required by the anc

  • Craig - 2012-05-16 08:02

    This killing off of the rhino in South Africa can only be happening with the involvement of someone at or near the very top of the government. South Africa has everything she needs to stop this barbarity but the lack of real political will is glaringly obvious. Those Asians know how to buy political protection and now it's bye bye Rhino. What's next and how much is enough for the corrupt crew in charge of our country?

      Itse - 2012-05-16 09:40

      Our politicians are too busy tending to their political aspirations and succession debates to really care about our Rhinos,not once did I ever hear the minister of agriculture and forestry comment on this issue.

      Marion - 2012-05-16 10:22

      The Minister of Department of Environmental Affairs has commented on this on more than one occasion.

  • Robin - 2012-05-16 08:06

    Well done SAPS. Bury the bastard, and his cronies, in that Dung-heap where all eco-criminals must rot away in their own mess.

      Carro - 2012-05-16 19:04

      I want to wield one of the shovels! I will pay my own airfare!

  • Warren - 2012-05-16 08:07

    Two words- Firing Squad.

  • Gerhard - 2012-05-16 08:09

    $1 500 per ounce = R10 800 per ounce = R172 800 per pound = R388 800 per kg. Average horn = 6KG = R2 332 800. With these prices being paid, it becomes impossible to fight the trade. As soon as one link in the smuggle chain is removed, there are 10 waiting to replace him. The only way to halt this, is to have undertakings from the governments in the East to persecute the users. Pity that they are so naive that they believe in the powers of rhino horn.

      delish7564 - 2012-05-16 08:37

      Since it is seen as having such medicinal properties it should be treated as a drug, in which case, people caught with it should be dealt with in the same way as any other person caught with drugs. Unfortunately it is probably some of those high up in Government that hold these beliefs, hence nothing will change. Such hypocrisy :(. It is up to SA to make a determined effort and make an example of anyone caught.

      Richard - 2012-05-16 09:41

      The same high up people that think garlic and potatoes will cure aids, oh yes not to forget a quick shower... Someone should start marketing a generic replacement to these eastern idiots; ground toe-nails will have the same "medicinal effect", I can start collecting...

  • Antipoaching - 2012-05-16 08:13

    should have shot him in the knee-caps

      Antipoaching - 2012-05-16 08:14

      But well done to SAPS on the bust..... that value in rhino horn will start hurting the kingpins pocket

      tednhet - 2012-05-16 08:19

      Why the knee caps, whats wrong with his head, or both.

  • anrieannemarie - 2012-05-16 08:14

    don't forget about the person who tipped of the police. he is a nationatal hero. please do not reveal his name.

      Marion - 2012-05-16 10:24

      Probably phoned Crime Line where reports can be treated as anonymous.

  • tednhet - 2012-05-16 08:14

    Hang the Bas--rd

  • Jan - 2012-05-16 08:24

    Poach him and hand his head at the Kruger park's entrance.

      Jan - 2012-05-16 08:27

      hand = hang... or display... or embed in urinal to piss on

  • Allen - 2012-05-16 08:28

    The problem is that America never wiped Vietnam off the face of the Earth! The Ho Chi Minh trail now leads directly to our game farms!

  • Vernon - 2012-05-16 08:39

    Cut his nuts of and give them back to him in a carry bag, Send his sad little body home and tell them to use it to get it up.And not our Rhino.

  • Jason - 2012-05-16 09:00

    bullet to the back of the head is the only cure for this sort of crime

  • Itse - 2012-05-16 09:30

    Well done it's upto the Judiciary to keep the Vietnamese behind bars.

  • Itse - 2012-05-16 09:32

    Bring back the death penalty or the Rhinos will perish!!

  • Lauri - 2012-05-16 09:33

    Well done!!!!

  • sam.swanpoel - 2012-05-16 09:34

    Put scum to death he should not be breathing.

  • Itse - 2012-05-16 09:36


  • Mhla - 2012-05-16 09:42

    hahahahahahahahahaaaa . . . hahahahahahahahahaha . . . Im so haappy . . . If I was there when he was getting arrested I would push a rhino horn on his RECTUM . . . Well done to the team . . THANX MILLION TIMES!!!!!!!

      Marion - 2012-05-16 10:01

      @Mhla - Agree with you, thanks a million times. These poachers are stealing the natural resources that exist above ground in SA. Soon there will be no 'Big 5'.

  • siegfried.pretsch - 2012-05-16 09:55

    Kill the bastard!

  • Tumelo - 2012-05-16 10:08

    Hope the money does not disappear! Good job SAPS!

  • Heather Dimpelz Erskine - 2012-05-16 10:30

    Well done guys keep up the good work!

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