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Two suspects arrested over rhino poaching

Staff reporter

187 rhino horns have been confiscated during a joint operation where a special task team of the South African Police service led the operation.

At least two men were arrested on Saturday in Skeerpoort, after police have managed to confiscate a bakkie used to transport the rhino horns from Centurion in Gauteng to a smallholding in Skeerpoort. Two vehicles and firearms were also confiscated during the operation.

It is estimated that the value of these rhino horns is more than R300 million.  The average weight of a rhino horn is 8 kilograms with an estimated value of $30 000 per kilogram.

South Africa, which is home to about 80% of the world rhino population, has since been hit hardest. In 2018, 769 rhinos were poached in South Africa alone. More than 7,100 animals have been killed over the past decade.

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