Six suspected rhino poachers nabbed

2015-06-16 21:18
The black rhino is listed as critically endangered. (Green Renaissance)

The black rhino is listed as critically endangered. (Green Renaissance)

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Cape Town - Six men will be in the dock next week for bail applications after they were nabbed in three separate cases of suspected rhino poaching.

Three men are expected in the White River Magistrate’s Court next Wednesday after they were caught by rangers in the Satara area of the Kruger National Park with suspected poaching tools last week.

Mozambican nationals Isaac Alfred Ndlovu, 27, Lawrence Julio Ndlovu, 27, and Armenco Ndlovum, 24, were arrested on Thursday June 11 while allegedly in possession of a high-powered hunting rifle and rounds, a silencer and an axe.

They were charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and trespassing, police confirmed in a statement.

They have been remanded in custody after they made their initial court appearance on Friday.

The police’s task teams focusing on rhino poaching and the illegal rhino horn trade also arrested Angelo Mtimba, 32, a Mozambican national, together with David Kubaya and Thomas Ngomane, 38, in two separate cases last week in Acornhoek. 

Mtimba and Kubaya were nabbed for illegal gun possession after police allegedly found them with a high-powered hunting rifle and silencer.

Ngomane was charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition after a .38 Special revolver with no serial number, two rounds, a cartridge and an axe were found at his home.

All three suspects have been remanded in custody until they make a formal bail application on Monday 22 June.

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