Limpopo 'poachers' denied bail

2013-07-15 21:36
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Polokwane - Four men accused of rhino poaching were denied bail by the Musina Magistrate's Court on Monday, police said.

The four would appear again on 7 August pending further investigation, said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

Shumani Phaswana, 47, Wilson Mavhungu, 38, Thilivhali Mmulaudzi, 37, and Michael Sithole, 37, were arrested on Friday night in the Maremani Nature Conservancy.

They were allegedly found in possession of an unlicensed .458 calibre rifle and five rounds of ammunition.

Police were searching for a fifth man, believed to be a Mozambican national, who evaded police on Friday. He made off with an unknown number of rhino horns.

"The fifth suspect is still on the run and his whereabouts are being traced," said Mulaudzi.

Phaswana and Mavhungu were facing another charge of poaching and were out on R1 500 bail each. They were expected to appear in the Mutale Magistrate's Court on 24 July in connection with this case.

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