Suspected rhino poachers stay in custody

2013-03-01 22:06
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Johannesburg - Two suspected rhino poachers appeared in the Bela Bela Regional Court in Limpopo on Friday, police said.

"That case has been postponed to 5 March [Tuesday]. They are still in police custody," said police spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi.

The two men from Donkerhoek near Pretoria, were arrested on Wednesday in a private game reserve.

They were found in possession of a .300 Winchester hunting rifle, an axe, and two knives.

The men are facing charges of illegally hunting protected game and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

On Wednesday, Mulaudzi said the arrest of these two took the toll of suspected rhino poachers apprehended in February to 15.

Three people were arrested at Nwanedi Game Reserve.

At Letaba Ranch, police cornered five suspected poachers.

Two were arrested, while the other three were shot dead.

Last week, five others were arrested in Phalaborwa.

In these arrests, police confiscated four unlicensed hunting rifles, one AK-47, a pistol, three knives, and two vehicles.

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