SABC News - Suspected rhino poachers in police custody:Monday 14 October 2013

Suspected rhino poachers in police custody

Monday 14 October 2013 16:17

SABC

The case has been postponed for further police investigations: Paul Ramaloko

The suspects included two foreigners and three South Africans(SABC)

Five suspected rhino poachers have remained under police custody, after a second court appearance this morning, at Lehurutshe Magistrate’s Court near Zeerust in the North West.

North West Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko says the two foreigners and three South Africans are facing charges of conspiracy to commit rhino poaching, entering a game reserve without declaring a firearm, possession of unlicensed firearm and rounds of ammunition.

Ramaloko says the case has been postponed for further police investigations and the five suspects will re-appear in court on October 16.

This is a second case whereby suspects were arrested at Botsalano Game Reserve with the same charges.

73 rhinos have been killed and dehorned in the North West province since the beginning of the year, while over 700 rhino have been killed and dehorned nationally.

Meanwhile, a suspect who was arrested in connection with rhino poaching at KaNyamazane east of Nelspruit in Mpumalanga is also expected to appear in court.

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