Suspected poachers held in Free State

2012-03-08 21:52
Johannesburg - Three men have been arrested on suspicion of rhino poaching at the Sandveld Nature Reserve near Hoopstad in the Free State, an official said on Thursday.

"All three suspects are charged [with] possession of controlled medicine," environmental affairs spokesman Kgotso Tau said in a statement.

He said two of the men entered the reserve on Tuesday and slept over at the camp site. The third joined them on Wednesday morning, when all three went for a game drive.

The men were arrested on Wednesday while trying to leave the reserve at 18:15.

During a routine check at the gate, a gun and scheduled medicine were found in their position.

"They could not produce the permit to possess the medicine."

He said police investigations would continue.

In August, two rhino were killed at Sandveld Nature Reserve.

"It is hoped that this action will send a strong message to all those who are involved in rhino poaching and other environmental crime."

The men would appear in the Hoopstad Magistrate's Court on Friday.

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