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Rhino horn was fake - Hawks

Four suspects arrested for the illegal possession of a rhino horn were carrying fake goods, the Hawks...

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Four suspects arrested for the illegal possession of a rhino horn were carrying fake goods, the Hawks confirmed on Thursday.

The suspects were travelling on the N3 highway near Bedfordview when another car crashed into them on Thursday morning.

While they were waiting for police to arrive, the men allegedly removed a black cooler bag from the boot of their car and hid it in nearby bushes.

When police discovered the bag, the four suspects were arrested.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said they will now investigate why the men were carrying fake goods.

Polela said the horn was carved from wood.

Officials are questioning the men to find out what they planned to do with the fake horn.  

At least 80 rhino have been dehorned in South Africa since the beginning of 2012.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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