3 April 2019
High Court of the Republic of South Africa, Eastern Cape Division, Grahamstown
Case No. 90/2017
Date: 26 November 2018 (merits) and 3 April 2019 (sentencing)
Judge: Pickering J
This matter concerned the sentencing of three accused who have been found guilty of various offences relating to the rhino horn trade. The accused were found to have contravened, inter alia, the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004.
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In sentencing the accused, the court found that the imposition of a fine must take into account the market value of the relevant contraband – in this case, rhino horn. Owing to the seriousness of the offences committed by the accused and their lack of remorse, the accused were handed sentences of 25 years’ imprisonment each.
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