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13 July 2018

Rustenburg/ Sun City – Rhino poaching accused Arnelo Mhlanga (39) appeared before the Mogwase Magistrates’ Court facing charges of the possession of rhino horns and the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

Mhlanga was arrested on Monday 2 July between Sun City and Madikwe after being spotted leaving the Pilanesberg Game Reserve with two other suspects in a Mazda bakkie.

“Rangers at the park gave chase and as a result, the suspects collided with a large tree trunk at Silverkrans next to the road,” said lieutenant general Baile Motswenyane. The police were summoned and one of the suspects was arrested. Two other managed to escape.

Six rhino horns, an illegal firearm and an axe were confiscated.

In the meantime, the suspect is linked to another rhino poaching incident on 30 June at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

The case was postponed to Monday 16 July and the suspect remains in custody.

Rhino horns found in the possession of the suspect.
Weapons used by the poachers to hack off the horns of the rhinos.

 

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