5 held for rhino hunting

2011-08-12 09:39
Johannesburg - Five men have been arrested for illegal hunting of rhino near Malelane, Mpumalanga police said on Wednesday.

The police acted on a tip-off about alleged rhino poachers at one of the private game reserves in Low's Creek, said Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi.

"The police went to the game reserve and caught two men as they were about to jump the fence and sneak into the premises. The men were armed with a rifle and butcher knives," said Hlathi.

He said the police arrested three other men while they were waiting for their two accomplices outside the reserve and seized a firearm from them.

The suspects, aged between 26 and 60, would appear in the Barberton Magistrate's Court on Friday.

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