Six sus­pected rhino poach­ers ar­rested

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

PONGOLA po­lice have ar­rested six sus­pects be­lieved to be rhino poach­ers in one of the town’s guest­houses on Mon­day morn­ing.

Po­lice quickly launched an op­er­a­tion af­ter re­ceiv­ing a tip-off.

The sus­pects stayed in the guest­house where they al­legedly planned their op­er­a­tion.

Zu­l­u­land Po­lice Clus­ter spokesper­son, Cap­tain Nkosie Gwala, said when the po­lice ar­rived they spot­ted two ve­hi­cles fit­ting the de­scrip­tion given to them by the source.

‘Po­lice dis­cov­ered a CZ 550 Mag­num hunt­ing ri­fle with the se­rial num­ber filed off, am­mu­ni­tion, two hunt­ing knives, an axe and a si­lencer in the ve­hi­cles,’ she said.

The ar­rested sus­pects, be­tween the ages of 34 and 53, ap­peared in the Pongola Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day.

‘One fe­male and a Zim­babwe cit­i­zen are among the sus­pects, who were re­manded in po­lice cus­tody for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

‘They are ex­pected to ap­pear at the same court on Thurs­day (to­day), fac­ing charges of be­ing in pos­ses­sion of an il­le­gal firearm and am­mu­ni­tion,’ said Gwala.

A hunt­ing ri­fle and axe were among the items re­cov­ered by po­lice dur­ing the ar­rest of six poach­ing sus­pects

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