Limpopo court sentences rhino poacher to five years in jail

13 June 2019 - 20:46 By Nico Gous
File photo. Members of a forensics team perform an autopsy on a rhino killed for its horn in the Kruger National Park.
File photo. Members of a forensics team perform an autopsy on a rhino killed for its horn in the Kruger National Park.
Image: Alaister Russell

The Lenyenye regional court in Limpopo sentenced a rhino poacher, Themba Ndlovu, 40, to five years' imprisonment on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Marobo Seabela said in a statement on Thursday the police had been tipped off about three suspects plotting to poach rhinos on a farm near Hoedspruit on November 1 2017.

The police arrested two suspects while they were jumping over a fence to gain entry to the farm while the third suspect escaped.

“The arrested suspects were found in possession of .375 rifle with a silencer, live ammunition, an axe and a knife,” Seabela said.

One suspect sustained injuries during the arrest and later died in hospital.


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