IN South African Tax Service Customs (SARS) a shipment of rhino horns destined for Malaysia was confiscated. The estimated cost of the extracted horn is R53,172,000, which is worth more than 3.5 million USD.
Customs detector in OR Tambo International Airport found a suspicious shipment that has been reported as “HP Cartridge Developers.” The three-piece shipment was taken to an x-ray scanner for verification, where image analysis reflected objects resembling the shape of a rhinoceros horn. Then the cargo was delivered for physical examination, and then 18 pieces of rhino horns were weighed 63 kg were found hidden in clothing.
This is the fourth bust of a rhinoceros horn. SARS Customs at the international airport. O. R. Tambo between From July 2020 to February 2021. The total weight of the removed rhinoceros horn in these four cases was 277.30 kg with an assessed value R 234 114 206, which is worth more than USD 15.7 million.
When the horns of the rhinoceros were found, customs officers immediately called Hawks, Department of Investigation of Serious Crimes, who confiscated the cargo for further investigation.
Commissioner Edward Kisvetter congratulated customs officials on their excellent work and warned those responsible for this crime that SARS, along with other law enforcement agencies, will spare no effort to counter and decisively suppress any criminal malfeasance. Those involved in this blatant and ruthless killing and mutilation of rhinoceroses will be held accountable.
“Those who are determined to destroy our country’s rich natural wealth, which is a common heritage and heritage for all that we must care for for generations to come, will be greeted with our officers’ unwavering commitment to enforcing the law,” Kisvetter said in statement.
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