Three former SA National Parks (SANParks) employees and two traffic officials accused of rhino poaching appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Tuesday.
A Sapa correspondent reported that former SANParks field ranger Tiyani Mabunda, 25, and former field guides Charles Mabunda, 29, and Duncan Mnisi, 34, appeared alongside provincial traffic officer Ellaraine Jennifer Brown, 28, and former traffic official Doctor Ngwenyama, 33.
Ngwenyama, Mnisi and the two Mabundas were arrested last February after two white rhino carcasses were discovered in the Pretoriuskop section of the Kruger National Park.
Brown, who is married to Ngwenyama, was arrested in May after she was suspected of having transported a rhino horn out of the park.
She first appeared in the White River Magistrate's Court last June and was released on R5000 bail.
The matter was transferred to the Nelspruit Regional Court to be combined with that of her husband and the other accused.
The defence argued that it was not ready for trial as it had not been issued with the proper case documents, including affidavits which had been commissioned.
It asked magistrate Andre Geldenhuys for a postponement so all the documents could be submitted, and that some affidavits could be signed by a commissioner of oaths. More....