Alleged poachers appear in court

2013-02-21 22:07
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Johannesburg - Five men accused of rhino poaching appeared in the Phalaborwa Magistrate's Court on Thursday, Limpopo police said.

Morris Sithole, Manuel Shitlhangu, Matthews Mathebula, from Giyani, and Santos Manyisi and Sergio Chauke, from Mozambique, would be back in court on 5 March, said police spokesperson Hangwane Mulaudzi.

The men, who are aged between 40 and 47, were arrested on Tuesday, apparently while on their way to the Kruger National Park.

Police confiscated a 1.4 calibre hunting rifle and silencer, eight pieces of live ammunition, a butcher's knife and an axe.

The men face charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and charges under the National Environment Biodiversity Act.

Read more on:    mbombela  |  rhino poaching

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