Man sentenced in KZN for possession of rhino horn ‘heirloom’

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A man was given a suspended 18 month sentence on Friday for illegally possessing a Black rhinoceros horn.

The horn, which was “old” and said to be a family heirloom, was found under the seat of Wade van Staden’s car by police who stopped him on the N3 on October 2, 2020.

Van Staden (32) pleaded guilty before Pietermaritzburg regional court magistrate, Bhekizitha Phoswa, to a charge of contravening the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act (Nemba) of 2004 by “carrying out a restricted activity involving threatened or protected species without a permit”.

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