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SANParks officials in court for poaching

2012-03-08 20:29

Johannesburg - Four SA National Parks officials appeared in the White River Magistrate's Court on Thursday in connection with rhino poaching.

They are traffic officer Doctor Mabusa Mgwenyama, field ranger Tiyanan Mabunda, and two guides, Charles Mabunda and Duncan Mnisi.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said the four would be back in court on March 14. They face charges of poaching and defeating the ends of justice.

"The case was postponed for formal bail application and they remain in custody," Mhaga said.

All four worked in the Kruger National Park. They were arrested on February 28 after a rhino cow and her calf were found shot and dehorned in the park.

They were stationed in the Pretoriuskop section of the park, where 11 rhinos had been killed since the beginning of the year.

Comments
  • Mark - 2012-03-08 20:43

    There are too many employees at SANParks who only want what they can get; by any means. Unfortunately, it tars the dedicated rangers with the same brush. Should fire the HR dept, who will claim it is "Government policy".

      Yar - 2012-03-08 21:56

      BEE at its' best.

  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-03-08 20:45

    My motto in life - TRUST NO ONE!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-08 20:51

    You were entrusted by the nation to protect our wildlife. You have failed the wildlife - who cannot speak for themselves - and failed the nation. This is tantamount to treason and should be treated as such

  • Martin - 2012-03-08 21:26

    What happened to the Walter Ward case ?????????

  • Lize - 2012-03-08 21:36

    I would love to have the work they do everyday, protecting our wildlife in this country, I know there is no money in this field but at least, I will die doing what I love, and that is protecting wildlife. Yet these suppose to be rangers have the most awsome jobs in the world and yet, greed got to them, so sad and I honestly hope that they get what they deserve.

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