Would-be Limpopo rhino poacher jailed for 11 years

2015-10-29 13:17
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Johannesburg – A man who tried to poach rhino on a Limpopo farm has been jailed for 11 years, police said on Thursday.

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Talani Prince Maluleke, 20, from Mutale was found guilty of illegally hunting a rhino, trespassing, and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, Limpopo spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said.

The Louis Trichardt Regional Court handed down sentence on Wednesday. His co-accused, Vincent Ramavhoho, was killed in a car accident during the trial.

The two were caught on a farm in the Makhado area in May 2014 after workers noticed their tracks.

Trackers and helicopters were called in to find them. The two men were caught walking along a road next to the farm. They were found in possession of an axe and a .303 hunting rifle.

They were caught before they were able to kill a rhino.

Read more on:    polokwane  |  rhino poaching  |  crime
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