R1m bail for rhino poaching suspect

2010-09-22 14:17

Musina - Eleven people accused of being members of a rhino poaching syndicate were released on bail in the Musina Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Game farmer Dawie Groenewald was released on R1m bail and his wife, Sariette, on R100 000 bail.

Veterinarian Karel Toet received R50 000 bail while his wife, Mariza Toet, received R20 000 and his colleague, veterinarian Manie du Plessis, was released on R20 000.

The other accused, professional hunter Tielman Roos Erasmus, Dewald Gouws, Nordus Rossouw, Leon van der Merwe and Jacobus Marthinus Pronk, were released on R20 000 bail each while Paul Matoromela received R5 000 bail.

Their bail conditions included that they would not be allowed to tamper with 32 rhinos currently on Groenewald's game farm, Pragtig, in Musina.

They had to hand in their passports and identity documents and had to give the police a week's notice if they wanted to leave the province.

The 11 accused nodded in agreement when the magistrate asked them if they understood the bail conditions.

The case was postponed to April 11.