The father and son duo will finally have their day in court after more than a year behind bars.

Two Mozambican nationals, accused of being in possession of rhino horns and shark fins are finally heading to the courts to face justice. The duo, a father and a son, Alberto Ernesto Nharreluga (47) and Alberto Ernesto Nharreluga (Jnr) (27) were arrested in April 2019 after being found in possession of two rhino horns and shark fins.

Alberto Ernesto Nharreluga (Jnr)

“The horns and fins were discovered by members of the Flying Squad along the N4 highway near Belfast. The contraband was hidden inside their vehicle which they were traveling in from Mozambique to Gauteng,” stated the Mpumalanga Directorate of Investigation spokesperson, Capt Dineo Sekgotodi.

Sekgotodi also mentioned that during the arrest, the suspects tried to bribe the police officials but failed.

“The Serious Corruption Investigation members were alerted, and they processed the crime scene and charged the suspects with possession of endangered species and an additional corruption charge,” he said.

The Middelburg Regional Court set the 28th of October 2020, for the pair to sit for their first hearing. According to the Hawks, last week Thursday, the Nharrelugas’ attempted to apply for bail but their effort was unsuccessful. They are both remanded in custody.