Suspected rhino poacher arrested in Gravelotte


By Staff Reporter

GRAVELOTTE-A 43-year-old suspected rhino poacher was arrested in Gravelotte outside Phalaborwa on Friday, July 08.

According to the Police spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo the man will face charges of rhino poaching, the possession of rhino horns and the illegal possession of a firearm and is one of three men suspected of rhino poaching near Gravelotte.

“The suspect was arrested through a joint operation soon after information was received about gunshots on a farm in the area. A motor vehicle that fitted the description given, was spotted on the Eiland road near Letsitele and the suspects were pulled over,” he explained.

Mojapelo said the man was arrested while his two accomplices evaded arrest. “Police recovered a high calibre hunting rifle, ammunition, two rhino horns and other hunting equipment. An investigation was conducted on the farm and one rhino was found shot and the carcass had both horns removed,” he added.

SAPS: Another wounded rhino was discovered later. “The suspects failed to remove the horns

The suspect will appear in the Ritavi Magistrate’s Court in Nkowankowa on Monday.

Police appeals to anyone who can provide information that can lead to the arrest of the remaining suspects’ arrest, to contact Captain Peter Meyer on 082 319 9460, the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111 or their nearest police station.