Rhino Poaching Police Constable Killed During Shootout

The police constable picked the wrong day to be what he was recruited to fight. When he decided to poach rhino in Hluhluwe with three other suspects, he didn’t know he was placing the last nail in his coffin.

Somehow, the police anti-rhino poaching team learnt that a group of men would be travelling in a bakkie from Melmoth to poach rhino in Hluhluwe.

Acting on the information, the anti-rhino poaching team spotted the vehicle with the specific features described in the information they received.

However, efforts to stop the vehicle was incapable of producing the desired result. The suspects wouldn’t stop. They sped away and a high-speed chase ensued. The chase also led to a shootout between the suspects and police.

SAPS narrated the event that led to the death of the rhino poaching police constable thus:

“As a result of the shootout, the suspect’s vehicle veered off the road. Three suspects were injured and subsequently arrested. And, a fourth suspect – a police constable – was fatally wounded.

A 303 hunting rifle with the serial number filed off, 303 live ammunition, a silencer, a 9mm Pistol, 9mm live rounds, 2 x Axes, a Toyota Hilux bakkie and other smaller implements were recovered.

The three arrested suspects are currently in a hospital under police guard. The suspects are likely to face charges of attempted murder, unlawful possession of arms and ammunition and contradiction of road traffic act.”

In Limpopo, the Police in Tubatse outside Burgersfort launched a manhunt for murder and carjacking suspects.

From our gatherings, the suspects shot and killed a 52-year-old man at Ga-Motodi Village.

According to SAPS, the man’s family contacted the police when they heard gunshots outside their compound. When crime fighters responded to the call, they found the deceased with gunshot wounds and discovered his car was missing.

If you have information about the suspects’ whereabouts, you can contact the nearest Police Station or the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111.

The car involved is a Chevrolet Spark with registration number – DNK 544 L.


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