Poacher launches appeal bid

2014-11-20 19:43
Ezemvelo Wild Life.

Ezemvelo Wild Life.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pietermaritzburg - An Empangeni taxi driver, who killed a rhino in the iMfolozi game reserve, appealed against his conviction and sentence in the High Court on Thursday.

Ngemfu Khoza, 29, who was wounded in an arm and leg in a shoot-out with park rangers, was sentenced to five years for the rhino killing, and given heavier sentences for unlawful possession of two hunting rifles and ammunition. He was given a sentence of in effect 20 years.

He and two other poachers were arrested in the park by ranger Mandla Hlengiwe and colleagues on Christmas night 2010. They were convicted and sentenced by Ulundi regional magistrate IM Xolo in April 2011.

Hlengiwe told the trial court he was at home in the reserve when gunshots were heard. He and his colleagues Sipho Khumalo, Jethro Buthelezi and David Dlamini, went to investigate. By moonlight they encountered an elephant herd and they climbed over the boundary fence to avoid them.

They found footprints and went to where they thought the suspects were. They heard voices from inside the reserve.

The rangers identified themselves and ordered the poachers to drop their guns, but they responded by cocking their rifles.

The rangers fired at them and after a while went over to them and found two of them, including Khoza, wounded. They found two horns taken from a rhino, two axes, two hunting rifles, and ammunition.

The group admitted that they had hacked off the rhino's horns. A white rhino carcass was found about a kilometre from the place of arrest later.

Judges Rashid Vahed and Peter Olsen adjourned the appeal to a date still to be decided.

Read more on:    ezemvelo kzn wildlife  |  pietermaritzburg  |  rhino poaching

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.