Four foreign nationals amongst five suspects arrested for poaching, one elephant tusk found in Ga-Sekororo


By Agreement Mabunda

POLOKWANE-The SAPS Limpopo Endangered Species Unit, in collaboration with Wildlife Security, apprehended five suspects allegedly involved in rhino poaching and the illegal trade of elephant tusks on Thursday 28 March 2024.

This team of members followed intelligence about suspects planning to poach rhinos at a game reserve in Gravellote outside Phalaborwa. The suspects’ vehicle was intercepted along R 529 in the Letsitele policing area and during the search, police recovered a rifle bolt.

During the operation, law enforcement officers recovered a rifle without a bolt, silencer, and an elephant tusk at a house in gaSekororo village in the Maake policing area.

The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has lauded the joint effort and highlighted the commitment of SAPS and Wildlife Security to combatting wildlife crime and preserving endangered species.

The five male suspects aged between between 33 and 45 consisting of four foreign nationals and one South African will appear before the Magistrate’s Courts in Letsitele and Maake respectively on 02 April 2024, on charges of conspiracy to commit rhino poaching, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition, unlawful possession of an elephant tusk and contravention of the Immigration Act.

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