KZN rhino poaching suspects’ trial moved to Johannesburg

2012-07-24 00:00

TWO alleged rhino horn dealers from KwaZulu-Natal, including an Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) ranger, Bheki Msweli, appeared briefly in the Mtubatuba Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Msweli and his co-accused, Malusi Dubazane, of Kwa-Biyela, were arrested at the weekend following a year-long undercover operation conducted by EKZNW and the Durban Organised Crime Unit.

The case against the two men, who are charged with dealing in rhino horn in contravention of the Environmental Management Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004, has been transferred to the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court, where the accused are expected to appear again on August 2, according to EKZNW spokesperson Musa Mntambo.

Mntambo said Msweli worked for Ezemvelo’s Zululand Wildlife Investigation Unit. He was transferred last year as part of the strategy by investigators to monitor his movements and activities.

He said Dubazane was arrested in connection with rhino poaching allegations in 2010 along with three other men, but was freed for lack of evidence.

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. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

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.