Efforts to combat wildlife crimes in the Eastern Cape led to the arrest of three (3) suspects aged between 28 and 50 years for being in unlawful possession of ammunition and other equipment which is synonymous to those used for rhino poaching.
Yesterday afternoon, 30 September 2018, members of Gonubie SAPS together with East London K9 followed up information on suspected rhino poachers. A white Kia with a Gauteng registration was intercepted and searched on Shaffley Rd, East London. The following items together with the vehicle were seized, several high powered firearm rounds, a panga, torches, a hunting knife, a plier and a 1 rifle bag/sock.
The suspects will appear in the East London Magistrates Court early this week on charges of unlawful possession of ammunition.
Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen LiziweNtshinga said today, We continue to make significant inroads in tracking down perpetrators of rhino poaching as well as those involved in illegal wildlife trade. Our investigation will also seek to ascertain if the suspects are linked to other rhino poaching incidents in the province/ country.
Source: South African Police Service