NELSPRUIT – Rhino horns were stolen out of safes of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) on Sunday night.
The theft was only discovered early yesterday morning. According to an informed source, nearly 40 horns were taken. Although the theft was confirmed by MTPA officials, they could not confirm the exact amount of horns stolen.
“The culprit(s) cut open two steel safes fitted with double locks,” a high ranking MTPA official told Lowvelder.
Ms Kholofelo Nkambule, spokesman for the MTPA didn’t answer her cellphone today. Brig Selvy Mohlala, provincial police spokesman, confirmed that a case of break-in was being investigated. He referred all further inquiries to Capt Paul Ramaloko, spokesman for the Hawks. His cellphone is off.
Read more about this crime in Tuesday’s Lowvelder.