Nine arrested for rhino poaching

2013-03-10 21:25


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Johannesburg -  A police spokesperson says nine men suspected of rhino poaching were arrested at a game farm in Lephalale on Sunday.

Spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said: "The suspects, whose names and ages are unknown, are from Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

"They were arrested whilst they were burning a field inside the farm to lure the animals to a spot where they would then kill the rhinos and dehorn them."

Mulaudzi said the men have been linked to another rhino poaching case in the same area where a calf was killed two months ago.

"The same modus operandi of burning a field was used to kill and dehorn the calf."

Police confiscated a camera that was used to take pictures of the game farm, the rhinos and the movement of the owners.

A grinder, generator and two vehicles were also confiscated.

They are expected to appear in the Lephalale Magistrate's Court soon to face charges of illegal hunting of protected game.

In a separate case, Steve Mbombi, 21, and Roy Baloyi, 27 from Mozambique appeared in the same court recently on charges related to poaching, said Mulaudzi.

Police confiscated a hunting rifle and an axe from them after they allegedly tried to poach game in the Kruger National Park.

Their case was postponed to 15 March.

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