DNA to confirm biggest rhino horn, ivory bust

R65 million worth of rhino horn and ivory were found on a Chinese national in Mozambique.

FILE: White rhino. Picture: Big Game Parks.

JOHANNESBURG - DNA samples from rhino horn recovered from a Chinese national in Mozambique have arrived in South Africa where they will be tested to determine if the animals were poached in the Kruger National Park.

Police say the arrest of a Chinese man found in possession of 124 kilograms of rhino horn and 1,126 kilograms of ivory is the biggest bust in recent history.

The haul recovered is estimated to be worth R65 million.

Authorities travelled to Matola, Mozambique on Wednesday to fetch the DNA samples which will be processed at the University of Pretoria.

The police's Solomon Makgale said if the DNA is linked to South Africa, it would be a significant discovery.

"We'd obviously be interested in the suspect that was arrested in Mozambique because we'd like to establish if they have been working with other people here in South Africa. And we'll also consider bringing them into South Africa so that they can stand trial.