As police continue the fight against rhino poaching, 18 suspects have been arrested, of those five were sentenced to death and one killed.
Over the past week, 18 suspects were arrested and one fatally wounded while five others who were involved in rhino poaching were found guilty and sentenced to a collective 30 years and nine months imprisonment.
The South African Police Service and game rangers throughout South Africa refuse to give up on the ongoing battle against rhino poaching.
In the effort to reduce this scourge, 18 suspects have been arrested in Skhukuza, Hluhluwe, Barberton, KwaMsane, Nongoma and Gluckstadt during this past week.
Two rhino horns, eight unlicensed firearms, ammunition, two silencers, a scope, an axe, a knife, two cellphones, two motor vehicles were recovered during these various operations conducted.
Most of the suspects have since appeared in various courts on charges of unlawful possession of arms and ammunition, possession of dangerous weapon, trespassing, hunting a protected animal, kidnapping, assault, possession of rhino horns and/or possession of suspected stolen properties.
In the meantime, other accused have been found guilty and sentenced in the Skhukuza Regional Court this week.
Maphoyisa Mahlaule was found guilty in the Skhukuza area of hunting a protected animal, possession of unlicensed firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and trespassing and sentenced to an effective 20 years imprisonment.
The police’s Vish Naidoo said: “This has been a huge success for us as we continue our efforts to combat wildlife crimes, particularly rhino poaching. We are working very closely with our colleagues form SAN Parks and we are making every effort to bring down this scourge of rhino poaching throughout the country.”