Cops hold 36 alleged rhino poachers

23 October 2017 - 07:26 By TimesLIVE
African rhino horn. File picture.
African rhino horn. File picture.
Image: Reuben Goldberg

Thirty-six suspects have been arrested in the past three weeks in connection with crimes related to rhino poaching, police said.

The Rhino 8 Task Team also confiscated four vehicles, 12 unlicensed firearms, including rifles, ammunition and silencers, a hacksaw, axes, knives, 27 cellphones, three rhino horns and an elephant tusk.

The arrests took place in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

Most of the suspects have appeared in court on charges of unlawful possession of firearms, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of dangerous weapons, trespassing, hunting a protected animal, possession of the remains of a wild animal, possession of suspected stolen property and or being in the country illegally.