In yet another successful operation, three suspected rhino poachers were arrested before they were able to shoot and dehorn a rhino on a farm in the Marken area of the province.
The suspects were arrested on Sunday afternoon after police followed up information about a possible attack on the animals on the farm. Police, members of a security company as well as the owner of the farm conducted surveillance of the area for several hours and achieved their success when a vehicle was spotted offloading two suspects and them entering the farm on foot.
The suspected poachers were followed for a short distance before they were arrested. In the process the police confiscated a hunting rifle, silencer and an axe. The driver of the vehicle was arrested during a follow-up operation and the vehicle confiscated.
The suspects are due to appear in the Modimolle Magistrates' Court this morning (Tuesday) on charges of the conspiracy to commit rhino poaching, as well as the possession of unlawful fire-arm and ammunition.