Tebogo Msimanga |
The Middelburg Regional Court on Friday sentenced a father and his son to 14-years imprisonment for being in possession of rhino horns.
On 20 April 2019, two Mozambicans were travelling on the N4 in Nelspruit when they were stopped by the Middelburg Flying Squad members.
Captain Dineo Sekgotodi of Mpumalanga Hawks said the police searched their vehicle and recovered two rhino horns as well as shark fin. “They were immediately arrested and they offered police officers R20 000 to turn a blind eye to a criminal act.”
They were charged and the docket was assigned to the Middelburg based Hawks team for investigation. The accused were kept in custody throughout the trial.
They were sentenced to six years for possession of rhino horns, five years for corruption and three years for possession of a shark fin.