Rhino horns worth R4.99 million intercepted at OR Tambo

12 June 2017 - 17:01 By Shenaaz Jamal
Rhino horns. File photo
Rhino horns. File photo
Image: Gallo Images/Thinkstock

Ten rhino horns have been seized by customs officials from the South African Revenue Services.

SARS officials intercepted two bags with 10 rhino horns weighing 24.96kg estimated at R4.99-million at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday.

The discovery was made when customs officials followed up on a suspicious bag which led to a second bag that was offloaded from the cargo hold of a plane bound for Turkey.

The contents were scanned and on inspection found to be four full rhino horns in the one bag and six in the other.

“Two passengers and their bags were handed over to the South African Police Service for further investigation‚” SARS said.