South Africa 31.3.2014 07:15 pm

Suspected rhino poacher in court

FILE PICTURE: Kobus de Wet, head of the research team at SANParks does an autopsy on the carcass of a dead rhino in the Kruger National Park. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

FILE PICTURE: Kobus de Wet, head of the research team at SANParks does an autopsy on the carcass of a dead rhino in the Kruger National Park. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Five suspected rhino poachers appeared in the Phalaborwa Magistrate’s Court on Monday for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, Limpopo police said.

Thulani Siwela, 28, Doctor Ngwenyama, 36, Given Mashaba, 30, Vusi Matsane, 45, and Robert Sondlani, 38, would be back in court on April 2 for formal bail applications, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

The men were arrested in Gravelotte on Thursday night, while allegedly on their way to kill a rhino at a nearby game reserve.

During a search of their car, police found a hunting rifle with its serial number filed off, 20 rounds of live ammunition and three butcher knives.

– Sapa

 

today in print