Five in court for rhino poaching

2015-06-22 22:17

(File) (Shutterstock)

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

Johannesburg - Five alleged rhino poachers appeared in the KwaMsane Magistrate's Court in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday for their formal bail application, police said.

"Sipho Patrick Mthembu (32), Tony Hansely (23), Bhekumuzi Comfort Gumede (27), Thulani Khumalo (24), and Nkosinathi Jobe (30), were arrested on June 13, 2015 at Zamimpilo Area, Mfekayi, in an intelligence driven operation," spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo said.

"Police pounced on the five suspects at about 19:00 at Zamimpilo Area, Mfekayi, while they were allegedly on their way to hunt rhino in the Umfolozi Game Reserve. Upon searching them, police recovered a .375 hunting rifle, six .375 cartridges, an axe, silencer and various rhino poaching paraphernalia. They were arrested and detained at KwaMsane police station."

The arrest followed a tip-off that a gang of poaches from the Mfekayi area, near Mtubatuba, were planning to poach rhino in the Imfolozi area.

"The gang had opted to try their luck at Imfolozi after police visibility had been disrupting their illegal operations in the western shores of Isimangaliso Game Reserve," Naidoo said.

The five made their first court appearance on June 15 and faced charges of conspiracy to hunt rhino, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. Police were searching for more suspects and have applied for a warrant arrest, believing there were others who were involved in rhino poaching in the area.

"Hansely, Khumalo, Jobe were granted bail of R5 000 each while repeat offenders Mthembu and Gumede were both denied bail. The case was postponed to July 28, 2015," Naidoo said.

Read more on:    durban  |  rhino poaching

Join the conversation! 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. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

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


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 network.


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.