WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH – GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO DO MORE TO STOP THIS EPIDEMIC.
Intensification of the protection of endangered species on Tuesday night as police arrested five suspected rhino poachers in Phalaborwa.
Police received a tip-off about suspected rhino poachers who would enter the Kruger National Park through the Phalaborwa Gate with the aim to shoot and dehorn the animals in the park.
Police spokesperson Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi said police were on alert and at about 7pm on Tuesday night, the suspected vehicle with five occupants was spotted in the parking area of a shopping centre in town.
“Police closed in and arrested the five suspects after confiscating a 1.4 hunting rifle and silencer, eight rounds of live ammunition, a butcher’s knife and an axe. The vehicle that the suspects were travelling in was also confiscated. The origin of the firearm is currently being investigated and it will also be sent for ballistic tests,” he said.
said three of the suspects were from the Giyani area and two from Mozambique.
They were expected to appear in the Phalaborwa Magistrates’ Court today on charges of the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, as well as charges under the National Environmental Biodiversity Act, which included the conspiracy to commit a crime of rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park, Mulaudzi said.