Sus­pect park rangers back

The Citizen (KZN) - - News - Landé Willemse

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

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