Suspected rhino poacher fired first, court hears

2016-01-28 19:55


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

Mbombela - A ranger said he fired shots at three suspected poachers in self-defence after they opened fire on him and three colleagues in the Kruger National Park in 2011.

The ranger, whose identity is being protected, was testifying against Simon Ngomane in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Thursday.

Ngomane was shot in the leg and arrested following a shoot-out with rangers in the park on September 2, 2011.

Two of his accomplices escaped.

The ranger said he and his colleagues had been deployed to the area to investigate the sound of gunshots.

"Whilst we patrolled the area, we spotted three suspects headed towards the eastern part of the park. We followed them until we were about 500m from them."

He said when the suspects got closer to the fence they turned and saw the rangers.

"One of us shouted and ordered them to stop. One of the suspects pointed a firearm at us. He then fired a shot directed at us. We shot back using our service rifles. One of them fell down and the others ran away," he said.

The rangers gave chase, but to no avail.

When they returned to where the injured suspect lay, they saw a firearm next to him.

A sniffer dog led them to a bag containing two freshly-cut rhino horns.

"Other rangers who were in a helicopter spotted a rhino carcass and gave us directions to it," he said.

Ngomane faces charges of performing a restricted activity in a designated area, theft of two rhino horns, possession of an unlicenced firearm and possession of ammunition.

Magistrate Andre Geldenhuys postponed the case until April 12.

Read more on:    mbombela  |  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.

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.