A tourist who heard gunshots in Kruger National Park helped rangers arrest three suspected poachers after they allegedly killed and dehorned rhinos.
Mpumalanga Police said the incident took place on Jan Occurred Friday.
“A group of armed intruders reportedly snuck into the park on the day in question and shots were later heard from a tourist who was visiting the park that day,” said Brig Selvy Mohlala.< /p>
“The information was escalated to on-site rangers and a helicopter was immediately dispatched to the area where the noise was heard. When the helicopter arrived, three men were spotted and arrested with a hunting rifle, a silencer, three knives, four cell phones and three bags.
“The Skukuza Police Department was notified of the incident and three suspects were arrested. A total of three rhino horns were found next to where the suspects were found. Four rhino carcasses were also discovered, but the fourth animal’s horn had not been removed when the suspects were caught,” added Mohlala.
He said that appeared to be the only reason The reason the poachers failed to dehorn the fourth rhino was because the knife they used to cut the horn was broken.
Mohlala said it has since been determined that the three suspected poachers were not South Africans were. The trio were from Mozambique and had entered South Africa illegally.
In addition to poaching charges, they would face other charges of violating immigration laws.
“While the investigation is ongoing, the “Police have not ruled out the possibility of bringing further charges against the suspects, who are expected to appear in Bushbuckridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday,” Mohlala said.
Mpumalanga Police Commissioner Lt. Gen. Semakaleng praised Daphney Manamela the rangers for their arrest the suspected poachers.
“We firmly believe that the arrest will serve as a lesson to others that no one can go into the park and hunt as they wish without consequences. We hope the suspects are brought to justice,” Manamela said.
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