Mpuma cops arrested for helping poacher

By admin
28 May 2014

Two police constables in Mpumalanga face charges of corruption, for transporting a suspected rhino poacher in a marked police vehicle.

Two police constables have been arrested for allegedly transporting a suspected rhino poacher in a marked police vehicle at the Kruger National Park, the Hawks said on Wednesday.

"The suspects were tasked with the responsibility to patrol the roads around the park and to confront suspicious vehicles," said Mpumalanga Hawks head Maj-Gen Simon Mapyane.

"It is clear that these members were doing the opposite."

Patrolling park rangers and the Hawks endangered species team came across a black rhino carcass in the park on Tuesday.

They stopped a marked Skukuza police van patrolling the park after a tip-off, Mapyane said.

"A person suspected of being a poacher, who was armed with a 375 hunting rifle and rounds of ammunition, was inside the vehicle," said Mapyane.

The constables could not explain why the armed man was in the vehicle, he said. They face charges of corruption. The suspected poacher had been charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The three are expected to appear soon in the Skukuza Magistrate's Court.

- SAPA

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