Thieves broke into the Mpumalanga Tourism and
Parks Agency south-east of Johannesburg in April and cut into a
strong box, making off with 112 pieces of rhino horn, weighing
80 kilograms, in the first known theft of its kind.
"We have arrested two people and they will be appearing in court
today," Captain Paul Ramaloko from the Hawks said, adding that
the horns had not yet been recovered.
Most of the horns stolen from the park were from de-horning
operations, which is an attempt by local authorities to decrease
poaching and to protect the rhino species.
The biggest market for illegal rhino horn in recent years has
been Vietnam, where the product is sold in pharmacies and over
the Internet at about $65,000 a kilogram, making it more
expensive than gold, platinum and cocaine.
Ramaloko said he expects to make more arrests related to the
theft as the investigation continue.
(Reporting by Zandi Shabalala; Editing by Joe Brock)
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