By Nosipho Mngoma
A total of 35 suspected rhino poachers have been arrested in KwaZulu-Natal this year. This is just 14 fewer than the combined total for 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife chief executive, Dr Bandile Mkhize, said, this was an indication that rhino poaching was being taken seriously by law enforcement authorities.
On Sunday, Ezemvelo field rangers on foot patrol in the corridor, between Mtubatuba and KwaHlabisa, heard shots and ran to investigate.
The patrol saw a Bantam bakkie with three people trying to escape.
After a 3km chase, during which shots were exchanged between the suspects and the rangers, the bakkie was abandoned and the men fled, Ezemvelo said.
All exits were blocked to the area, and an air and foot search conducted.
A badly injured man was found 200m from the corridor road after community members, who heard the man’s pleas for help, alerted the rangers, Ezemvelo said.
The seriously injured suspect had been shot in the stomach, and had said he was the driver of the bakkie.
He was taken to hospital and when he is discharged, he will be charged with attempted murder, Ezemvelo said.
Mkhize said the latest arrest would not have happened if it was not for the involvement of the community. More....