Rhino Crisis: Female passenger caught with 11 rhino horns in luggage at OR Tambo

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A passenger travelling from Zambia to Asia via Johannesburg has been arrested after being caught with multiple rhino horns. The woman’s suitcase was intercepted at the luggage transfer area of the international terminal.

SAPS release a statement on the bust, roughly 20g of Rhino horns were found.

“Immediately after the detection of the suitcase‚ the passenger linked to the suitcase was identified and escorted to the search area. The bag was scanned and then physically searched confirming that it indeed contained pieces of rhino horn.

“It has been established from the preliminary investigations that the suitcase contained 11 pieces of rhino horn weighing approximately 20 kilograms.”

The woman is currently in Police custody after her SAA flight was destined for Hong Kong. She is set to face charges in terms of the Endangered Species Act.

TimesLIVE spoke to Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, Naidoo says that SAPS “revised strategies” at OR Tambo have already made the difference.

“The intensified collaborative efforts to curb criminality within and around the O R Tambo International Airport are proving to be very successful‚” said Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo.

“Since the implementation of our revised strategies the team foiled a brazen robbery at the cargo terminal of the airport.”

With the 2017 stats for Rhino Poaching recently being realised, it has been revealed that 13 more rhinos were killed this year compared to the same period last year.

“In the reporting period, a total of 359 alleged poachers and traffickers have been arrested nationally. The number of arrests inside the Kruger National Park totalled 90 alleged poachers with 112 arrested adjacent to the KNP.”

You can read a full breakdown of the latest stats via the link below.

Moral of the story folks, if you poach our Rhinos and try to fly out of the country, you will get caught. This time, let us congratulate the SAPS.