Poaching case delayed over lawyer's double-booking

2014-05-19 17:19

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Mbombela - A rhino poaching case against three former SA National Parks (SANParks) employees and two traffic officials could not be heard on Monday because one of the defence lawyers was unavailable.

The SANParks employees, Tiyani Mabunda, aged 25, former field guides Charles Mabunda, aged 29, and Duncan Mnisi, aged 34, appeared alongside provincial traffic officer Ellaraine Jennifer Brown, aged 28, and former traffic official Doctor Ngwenyama, aged 33, in the Nelspruit Regional Court.

Magistrate Andre Geldenhuys said defence lawyer Erwin Sithole was attending another matter in the High Court in Pretoria.

Ngwenyama, Mnisi, and the two Mabundas were arrested in February 2012 following the discovery of two white rhino carcasses in the Pretoriuskop section of the Kruger National Park.

Brown, who is married to Ngwenyama, was arrested in May 2012 after she was suspected of having transported a rhino horn out of the park.

The accused have not been asked to plead to charges of rhino poaching and are out on R20 000 bail each.

Geldenhuys postponed the trial to 16 and 17 October.

Read more on:    sanparks  |  mbombela  |  conservation  |  animals  |  rhino poaching
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