South Africa: Vietnamese Rhino Horn Smuggler Case Postponed

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A Vietnamese man identified as That Thai Dung who was arrested at South Africa’s OR Tambo International Airport with three rhino horns in his luggage will make a second court appearance next month.

A spokesperson for the South Africa Revenue Service (SARS) said via IOL.com that this was not the suspect’s first visit to the country.

The man has travelled to South Africa before and he was being closely monitored when he was arrested.

He added that a bail application is expected, and the suspect is remanded in custody.

Vietnam is one of the major destinations of rhino horn, where it is used as a cure-all to treat nearly everything from hangovers to cancer.

However, analysis has shown that rhino horn actually contains no medicinal properties.

In 2011, 448 rhinos were massacred for their horns in South Africa, and at least 181 rhinos have been killed this year.


Rhishja Cota-Larson

I am the founder of Annamiticus, an educational nonprofit organization which provides news and information about wildlife crime and endangered species. I am the Editor of Rhino Horn is Not Medicine and Project Pangolin, author of the book Murder, Myths & Medicine, a writer for the environmental news blog Planetsave, the host of Behind the Schemes, and Producer for the upcoming documentary The Price. When I'm not blogging about the illegal wildlife trade, I enjoy gardening, reading, designing, and rocking out to live music.

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  1. Maybe, instead of the death penalty, they can just hack off his hands and allow him to carry on with life.
    Wouldn’t that be one for the books?!?

  2. Can you find a way to translate your website into Chinese.
    That would be a great way to spread the word.
    I have lived in China and speak the language and
    will tell you this will be an effective way for you to spread your message.

  3. Donald Rumton

    Well Now that there is a big PUSH to legalize the trade of rhino horn
    I can’t see how it would reduce the GREED to kill these Wonderful Animals!

    God gave OUR Country the most Beautiful **BIG 5**
    But with this Demand for Rhino horn soon we won’t have that gift anymore!

    The “story” running is that South African Authorities are sitting with
    Sum what 20 000 Tons of Rhino Horn, and if we decide to legalize
    The trade, the precious ivory could sell at R500 000 per KG!!!

    This is just the most outrages suggestion that I have ever heard
    I am deeply disgust even thinking of this “story”.

    The People of Today don’t have any morals anymore! Its always about MONEY!!!!!
    If ALL the people just take the responsibility of doing their bit for
    The Country and Themselves and NOT sit and Complain the Gov “MUST do this and that ”

    Get UP OFF your lazy ass!! And bring your side!!! Dancing in the streets with burning rubber is NOT gona help build houses ect…

    PS: Then I’m sure the Gov Won’t have to start trading off ENDANGERED spices ivory just
    To SUPPLEMENT the budget (or some peoples pockets).
    Regards
    MR. Don