Just days after shooting one rhino poaching suspect and arresting several others, police in KZN on Saturday arrested five more men for poaching. The men were found in the Hluhluwe area in the north of the province. Spokesman Capt Thulani Zwane said officers recovered two .308 rifles and ammunition. They will appear in court today.
Here’s the full statement from SAPS:
A joint operation by Richards Bay Organised Crime Unit, KwaMsane Tactical Response Team, Mtubatuba Visible policing Unit as well as Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife members led to the arrest of five suspects at Hluhluwe area. During the operation, members recovered two 308 rifles and a total of 93 rounds of R1 rifle and 308 rifle. All arrested suspects were charged with rhino poaching and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. One of the recovered 308 rifle was a licensed to someone else and it alleged that he gave it to one of the suspects to use it. The operation was conducted on Saturday, 25 May 2013 after the members received information about the whereabouts of wanted suspects in rhino poaching that were allegedly involved in the killing of at least five rhinos in the Hluhluwe and the surroundings areas this month alone.
The arrested suspects aged between 20 and 64 years will appear today, 27 May 2013 in the Mtubatuba Magistrates’ Court. All recovered rifles will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the country.