Nine alleged poachers arrested

2010-07-28 14:22

Nine men have been arrested by the Modimolle stock theft unit for

alleged rhino poaching in Limpopo in the past few weeks, police said

today.

Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said: “In the most recent incident,

four suspects were arrested while they were on their way to allegedly shoot

rhinos at a private game reserve near Lephalale.”

After receiving information about a possible shooting attempt in

the area, police arrested the men at a roadblock near Vaalwater yesterday.

The men’s vehicle was confiscated as well as an axe and a .303

hunting rifle.

She said: “It has since been established that the rifle was stolen

during a house breaking at Kameeldrift outside Pretoria.”

The four men, three from Zimbabwe and one from Mozambique, would

appear in the Lephalale Magistrates Court tomorrow.

In a separate incident about three weeks ago, five men were

arrested for allegedly attempting to poach rhino on a private game

reserve.

Otto said the owners of the game reserve found human tracks on the

farm and alerted the police. Police trackers and private helicopters were called

in and assisted with the search for poachers.

“Five suspects, all from Zimbabwe, were arrested in the veld. Two

firearms, a .308 hunting rifle and a .303 hunting rifle were confiscated,” she

said.

The men had appeared in court and their case was remanded to “some

time in August“, she said.

She said it had since been established that the men could also be

linked to incidents of housebreaking at Lephalale and Stockpoort, from where the

firearms were allegedly taken.


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