Police uncover six rhino horns in Mpumalanga home

Three suspects have been arrested after a house raid conducted by the Hawks in Mpumalanga.

Police uncover six rhino horns in Mpumalanga home

Two men and a woman are in police custody, following an intelligence-driven raid of a house in Pienaar, Mpumalanga.

It had emerged that the three were allegedly dealing in rhino horn, prompting a joint operation by the Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Detectives, Crime Intelligence, Tactical Response Team, Tracking Team and the Local Criminal Record Centre.

Three nabbed for allegedly dealing in rhino horn

A raid commenced after the team obtained a search warrant, the raid commenced, where six rhino horns were uncovered as well as an undisclosed amount of cash.

“The team obtained a search and seizure warrant and descended on the suspects’ house at Clau-Clau Newscom in Pienaar. On arrival at the premises, an intensive search commenced and members located a number of hunting knives in one of the three vehicles that were parked inside the yard,” the South African Police Service (SAPS) said in a statement.

“They also uncovered a sizable amount of money inside the house.”The team proceeded with the search around the yard and found six rhino horns hidden inside the outside restroom. The horns are believed to be sets from three dead rhinos.”

South African Police Service

War against poaching intensified

According to the statement, the horns are believed to be sets from three dead rhinos.

The arrests were welcomed by Hawks boss, Lieutenant General Lebeya.

“The DPCI shall continue to deal decisively with those who are involved in poaching these species. We shall be following the motive which is probably the making of an unexplained wealth with view to attaching same,” he said.

Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya

The three suspects will appear before Kabokweni Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, charged with illegal possession of rhino horns in terms of the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act.

The rhino horn trade has recently suffered a knock, with government’s intensified efforts against poaching.

A total of 594 rhino were poached in 2019, down from 769 rhino killed the previous year.

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COVID-19 update: Confirmed cases in SA up to 4 546, one more death

COVID-19 cases in South Africa have risen by 185, with one more death reported.

COVID-19 update: Confirmed cases in SA up to 4 546, one more death

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Sunday that South Africa has now registered 4 546 COVID-19 cases, with the death toll at 87.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases and death toll in South Africa, Sunday 26 April

This is after 185 new infections were reported over the past 24 hours, with one more death recorded in the Western Cape.

Mkhize extended his condolences to the deceased’s family, thanking the medical team for their efforts.

“We convey condolences to the family and appreciate our frontline workers who treated this patient,” Mkhize said.

It has also been confirmed that the number of recoveries from the virus have risen to 1 473, with Gauteng accounting for more than half of these.

Provincial breakdown of SA’s coronavirus infections

  • Western Cape – 1 608 cases;
  • Gauteng – 1 331 cases;
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 863 cases;
  • Eastern Cape – 535 cases;
  • Free State – 110 cases;
  • Limpopo – 31 cases;
  • North West – 28 cases;
  • Mpumalanga – 23 cases; and
  • Northern Cape – 17 cases.

Level 4 lockdown regulations on the horizon

Meanwhile KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has indicated that the province could remain under Level 5 lockdown regulations.

This after recording one of the highest death tolls in the country, with the highly populated eThekwini Municipality reporting the highest caseload in the province.

A total of 25 out of the 29 deaths recorded in KwaZulu-Natal have occurred in the region.

 While the rest of the country is set to move to less strict regulations under Alert Level 4, eThekwini could be one of the areas that remain under tight restrictions.

“Will eThekwini remain under strict regulations? It looks like some areas will have to remain under strict regulations,” Zikalala said on Sunday. Whether that will be a full lockdown or a partial opening of key industries, it’s what we will be examining under consultation.”

Sihle Zikalala

As of Saturday, eThekwini had a total of 579 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

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