Thieves broke into a secure safe in Mpumalanga Province over the Easter weekend, stealing 112 rhino horns, with a total weight of 80,135 kilograms, the largest theft of this kind in years, authorities confirmed on Wednesday.
The pieces stolen were kept in storage for purposes of registering them, record keeping and later move them to another secure location where a bulk of stock is kept,the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) said.
Some of the horns on the MTPA premises were micro-chipped, DNA- sampled and photographed according to the National Norms and Standards dated April 10, 2012 No 53248, while others were still being processed, MTPA spokeswoman Kholofelo Nkambule said.
The burglars gained access to the storage through an office window. They then cut open a strong room in this office before entering the storage, according to Nkambule....