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Alleged rhino poachers denied bail by Grahamstown Magistrate's Court

Jun 22, 2016
Alleged rhino poachers denied bail by Grahamstown Magistrate's Court

The three alleged poachers, who were arrested last Friday, appeared again at the Grahamstown Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, where they were denied bail. The case has been remanded to 22 July to allow for further investigation.

The three suspected rhino poachers, two Zimbabweans and one South African, were busted by the South African Police Service on Friday night, at about 22:00, at chalet 8, Makana Resort, Grahamstown.

According to police spokesperson, Colonel Sibongile Soci; "The arrest is the direct result of Operation Full Moon, which mainly focussed on curbing rhino poaching incidents in the Province.  

"The suspects are Forget Ndlovu (40) residing in Pacaltsdorp, George, Jabulani Ndlovu, 38 residing at Cleonie Crescent, Port Elizabeth and Sikhumbuzo Ndlovu, 37 residing at NU 9, Motherwell, Port Elizabeth. Forget and Jabulani are not related and are Zimbabwean citizens. Sikhumbuzo is a South African Citizen."

The following items were recovered during the arrest;

  • One (1)  72 cm rhino horn which had been freshly harvested, estimated at approximately R1.2 million;
  • One (1) darting rifle;
  • Saws and knives;
  • Drugs used to dart animals;
  • Various darts and percussion caps;
  • A variety of camping gear and rations;
  • Several cellphones;
  • Two (2) rental vehicles rented by the suspects were seized.

"The suspects have been identified as the grouping and are linked to the recent poaching of a rhino at Buckland’s Private Game Reserve. The rhino was last seen alive on 17 June 2016 at about 09:30. It is suspected that the rhino was darted. The suspects could possibly be linked to 10 rhino poaching incidents in the Eastern Cape as well as Mpumalanga and KwaZuluNatal," said Colonel Soci.

Acting Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Major General Zamuthango Mki thanked all the members and officials deployed at the operation.

“Operation Full Moon is aimed at curbing Rhino Poaching activities in a structured and co-ordinated manner. This is a major breakthrough for the police in the Province. The arrests must send a message that SAPS members in the rural areas are as vigilant,” concluded Major General Mki.