Four men bust for hunting rhino in Kruger Park

2015-11-10 12:32
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Cape Town – Four men in their 20s were arrested for allegedly hunting rhino in the Kruger National Park, police confirmed on Tuesday.

Three of them - Simon Tembe, 25, Fernando Obet Chivuri, 22, and Samuel Jonas Cossa, 23 - were found in the Tshokwane section of the park on Friday.

Park rangers found a hunting rifle, ammunition, some cartridges, a silencer and an axe.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo said the group apparently shot and injured a rhino.

William Zitha, 23, was arrested in the Houtboschrand section. His alleged accomplices escaped.

They appeared in the White River Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga on Monday, Naidoo said.

Both cases were postponed to Tuesday for further investigation.

The men face charges of trespassing in a national park and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

“So far, the arrests in the park are fast approaching the 170 mark over a 12-month period," said Naidoo.

The Kruger National Park Rhino Task Team has been working closely with park rangers, he said.

Read more on:    kruger national park  |  mbombela  |  rhino poaching

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