Groenewald's animals form part of seized inventory

Dawie Groenewald could lose his animals if found guilty in connection with rhino poaching.

Buffalo at the game lodge belonging to rhino poaching accused Dawie Groenewald. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

POLOKWANE - Alleged rhino syndicate king-pin Dawie Groenewald's animals on his game farm will be attached in the seizure operation, police confirmed on Wednesday.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the Hawks and the Asset Forfeiture Unit compiled an inventory of his assets on Wednesday, which will now be preserved until the court case is finalised.

Groenewald was charged with almost 2,000 counts of racketeering, in connection with rhino poaching and smuggling rhino.

Groenewald is currently out on bail.

The police's Vish Naidoo said anything of value belonging to him may soon belong to the state, pending the outcome of the case.

"It is very likely that the animals will be removed. They will be put on the inventory and preserved until the case is finalised.

"Then, of course, the animals, along with all other assets will be seized by the state."