'Blood on their hands'

2009-09-18 00:00

FOUR alleged rhino poachers who were caught “red-handed” with blood dripping from their clothing and in possession of two freshly hacked off white rhino horns in their bakkie just outside Imfolozi game reserve on August 26, were granted bail of R10 000 each yesterday by a magistrate at kwaMbonambi, despite opposition voiced by wildlife investigators.

Mtungokwakhe Khoza (40) of Ulundi, Sifiso Ngema (19) of Empangeni, Ayanda Buthelezi (30), who lives and works in Vosloorus, and recently suspended SANDF member Mduduzi Xulu (40) did not testify, but submitted affidavits in which they stated that they will plead not guilty to the nine charges. Their defence is a “bare denial”, said their advocate Mdu Mvune, instructed by Mthokozisi Mazibuko of Durban.

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