3 rhino poachers get lengthy jail time

2013-08-31 08:19

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Nelspruit - Three Mozambican nationals were jailed for 16 years each on Friday for killing a white rhino and its calf in the Kruger National Park.

A report said that Julius Ngwenya, 20, Daniel Jadere, 22 and Antonio Malunga, 20, pleaded guilty to five charges when they appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court.

Their charges included entering the park without written authorisation from the management, two for carrying out a restricted activity in a designated area (namely killing and dehorning a white rhino cow and its calf) and possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

They were arrested in the Crocodile Bridge area on 10 May last year during a joint operation involving SA National Parks (SANParks) environmental crime investigators and rangers, as well as the police and army.

During their arrest, a fourth suspect, known as Benet, was shot dead.

The three men stated in court that they had known that what they did was a very serious offence and they pleaded for leniency.

They told the court they were recruited by the fourth suspect who was shot dead during their arrest.

They said Benet had promised them R2 000 each for helping him get rhino horns.

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