Two Vietnamese nationals were arrested at
's OR Tambo International Airport last week for allegedly attempting to transport ivory and rhino horns and will remain in police custody until a translator is found, according to local media.
Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development spokesperson, Andile Gumede, told BuaNews on December 12 that the two were arrested after airport X-ray scanners showed what appeared to be rhino horns in one of their suitcases.
Gumede said the 40-year-old man and 30-year-old woman are facing charges of illegal possession of ivory and rhino horns.
According to Gumede, the seized goods are estimated to be worth 500,000 rand (US$59,296).
Poachers have killed a record 405 rhinoceroses in South Africa this year, South Africa's national park board said last week.
Rhino horn is also popular for use in Asian medicine - especially in China and Vietnam, where it is believed to cure cancer despite scientific evidence to the contrary.