Suspect park rangers back
Four Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers are back at work after their arrests on poaching-related charges earlier this year.
The four accused were arrested in two separate incidents and appeared in the Skukuza Regional Court in January and February respectively. “We can confirm that the four are now back at work,” said Reynold Thakhuli, SA National Parks acting head of corporate communications.
In January, it was reported that Nzima Joe Shihlangu, 32, and Lucky Mkansi, 30, were arrested on January 15 for alleged involvement in rhino poaching at the KNP. They were arrested in the Crocodile Bridge section, which is closest to the Mozambique border.
They were each granted bail of R10 000 and instructed not to have contact with other KNP rangers while SANParks’ internal investigations were underway.
In a separate incident, Hendrik Silinda and Musa Mlambo were arrested in February in the park on poaching-related charges.
Thakhuli added that bail conditions were set and he was not aware of any changes to them. – Caxton News Service