Three former SA National Parks (SANParks) employees, a provincial traffic officer and a former traffic official, all accused of rhino poaching, appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Tuesday.
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.
On Tuesday, the court rejected an application to strike the rhino poaching charges against the five from the court roll, following a request by defence lawyer Erwin Sithole.
The defence, which applied on August 6 for the State to provide them with documents and affidavits signed by a commissioner of oaths, said the State had responded to their request.
However, the copies received were not properly completed, and some were unsigned.
Magistrate Andre Geldenhuys advised the defence to put together another application for proper documentation by September 30.
"The State will be allowed to respond by November 18, and if not done we will place the matter to stand in court for the state and defence to discuss further," he said.
Geldenhuys said if all went well the trial would begin on December 2.
Ngwenyama, Mnisi and the two Mabundas were arrested in February last year after two white rhino carcasses were discovered in the Pretoriuskop section of the Kruger National Park. More....