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Thu Oct 30 17:56:29 SAST 2014

Limpopo poacher on the run with rhino horns

Sapa | 15 July, 2013 13:16
Rhino horns. File photo.
Image by: BOBBY YIP / REUTERS

Police in Musina, Limpopo, were on Monday searching for an alleged poacher who escaped when four others were arrested.

"One of the suspects, also a Mozambican national, fled the scene with rhino horns and police are hot on his heels," spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

They were arrested on Friday night at the Maremani Nature Conservancy.

Three of the four were South Africans and two of them, Shumani Phaswana, 47, and Wilson Mavhungu, 38, were out on R1500 bail each after they were arrested for the same offence.

Police seized an unlicensed .458 calibre rifle and five rounds of ammunition.

Mulaudzi said it was not known how many horns the man got away with. A rhino carcass was found when officers were searching the area. The four were expected to appear at the Musina Magistrate's Court later on Monday.

Phaswana and Mavhungu would be back in the Mutale Magistrate's Court on July 24.

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