A police constable attached to Crime Prevention Unit at Hillbrow police station in Gauteng and eight other suspects were arrested on Sunday morning for attempted rhino poaching at a private game farm in Rakin’s Pass said police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.
He said three suspects, two Mozambicans and one Zimbabwean national, were arrested inside the farm and were caught in the act while attempting to poach rhinos. Two others, a local resident and a Botswana woman were arrested outside the farm just after offloading the poaching trio.
Another three suspects, all from within South Africa, were arrested at Vaalwater where they waited for rhino horns with a getaway vehicle. A .375 hunting rifle with serial number filed off, a silencer, an axe, an Toyota Tazz and a Nissan Hardbody vehicle were seized.
The suspects will appear at the Modimolle Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, facing charges of attempted rhino poaching and possession of unlicensed firearm.