Three suspected rhino poachers arrested

19 May 2018  Read: 532


In a concerted effort to fight the scourge of crime, the SAPS in Limpopo have implemented various crime fighting strategies including roadblocks and stop-and-searches which are still yielding positive and meaningful results.

On Friday evening, 18th of May, in the Hoedspruit Policing area outside Phalaborwa, three (03) suspected members of a rhino poaching syndicate were arrested at a road block along the R40.  

The roadblock was part of a joint operation which composed of members from SAPS, the Hoedspruit Farm Watch, the Young Civilians on Patrol (YCOP) and the Community Policing Forum (CPF). They were manning a stop-and-search road block when they stopped a speeding motor vehicle.

Upon searching the vehicle, over R200 000 in cash, an ear, a nose and a tail believed to be of a white rhino, were found inside the vehicle. The three suspects were taken into custody and it was found that one of them was recently arrested for a rhino poaching case and was out on R5 000 bail.

The three suspects are aged 25, 39 and 49 and will appear in the Hoedspruit Magistrate’s court on Monday.

This was part of the Provincial Operation “Uya Pamwe” which in turn is part of the FIELA II campaign.



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