A 42-year-old man is expected to appear before the Kempton Park Magistrates Court on Friday for allegedly dealing in rhino horns and perjury.

On Monday, customs officials seized a consignment of rhino horns destined for Malaysia which was marked and declared as scaffolding equipment.

Upon searching the load, authorities discovered rhino horns weighing about 47kg, worth approximately R3 million, concealed in cardboard boxes stashed inside crates.

Further investigations by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team led them to a shipping agent in Edenvale where the suspect was arrested and charged for illegal dealing in rhino horns and perjury.

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