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Suspected rhino poachers nabbed in East London

Oct 1, 2018
Suspected rhino poachers nabbed in East London

Efforts to combat wildlife crimes in the Eastern Cape led to the arrest of three suspects, aged between 28 and 50 years old, for being in unlawful possession of ammunition and other equipment, which is commonly used for rhino poaching.

"On Sunday afternoon, members of Gonubie SAPS - together with East London K9 unit, followed up information on suspected rhino poachers," said police spokesperson, Colonel Sibongile Soci.

"A white Kia with a Gauteng registration was intercepted and searched on Shaffley Road, East London.

"The following items together with the vehicle were seized, several high powered firearm rounds, a panga, torches, a hunting knife, a plier and a rifle bag/sock."

Suspected poachers to appear in court

Col Soci said that the suspects will appear in the East London Magistrate's Court early this week on charges of unlawful possession of ammunition.

Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga said, “We continue to make significant inroads in tracking down perpetrators of rhino poaching as well as those involved in illegal wildlife trade. Our investigation will also seek to ascertain if the suspects are linked to other rhino poaching incidents in the province/ country”.

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