Assets totaling approximately R55 million (US $6.8 million) belonging to rhino horn syndicate suspects Dawie Groenewald, Karel Toet and Manie du Plessis have been seized in a raid conducted by a joint team of the Hawks, SAPS, SANDF, the NPA, the Asset Forfieture Unit, and Department of Environmental affairs.
According to a statement issued by the South African Police Service (SAPS), it is believed that the assets were acquired via criminal activities.
The “Groenewald gang” is expected make another court appearance on October 19th of this year to face 1,872 charges ranging from illegal rhino hunting to racketeering, permit violations, illegal trade in rhino horn, money laundering, and violating the Biodiversity Act and the Act on the Prevention of Organised Crime.
Check out the short video from the raid on Groenewald’s property, posted by Jacaranda 94.2:
Read more about the “Groenewald gang” at South Africa: ‘Groenewald Gang’ Case Postponed for Fourth Time.
Additional updates to follow.