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Two men from Mozambique, aged 46 and 26 were arrested on the N4 between Wonderfontein and Alzu Petro Port, near Belfast, Mpumalanga News reports.
The duo were travelling towards Middelburg direction when the car they were travelling in was stopped by the Middelburg Flying Squad members performing routine stop and search.
Upon searching it, the police found a set of rhino horns stashed in the car.
The duo were arrested and are expected to appear at the Belfast Magistrates’ Court today.
According to Radio Moçambique, the two Mozambicans are father and son who usually made the Maputo / Johannesburg route, and vice versa, due to their transportation business,
It is not known whether, at the time they were stopped by the South African police, they were alone in the vehicle or carrying passengers, reads the Rádio Moçambique report.
The Mozambican consulate in Nelspruit, in a telephone call early yesterday afternoon, confirmed the detentions, adding that it will follow-up on the case, involving father and son, residents in Maputo city.
Another case of rhino horn trafficking in Komatipoort
Three other suspects were to be brought to a Mpumalanga court today for possession of rhino horns. In this incident that took place at Komatipoort on 18 April 2019, in the afternoon, police intercepted a vehicle with two men and a woman.
Upon searching the vehicle, they discovered a set of rhino horns and an unlicensed firearm with four rounds of ammunition.
The trio aged between 21 and 37 were then arrested, hence their expected appearance at the Komatipoort Periodical Court.
All the suspects are facing possession of rhino horns and additional charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition without a licence, on the Komatipoort trio.
The Provincial Commissioner of police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma appreciated the good work by the men and women in blue and urged them to strengthen their efforts on road policing in order to claim back our roads from criminals.Source: Mpumalanga News / Rádio Moçambique