Kruger National Park poaching syndicates – Hawks seek 2 for money laundering

South African Police Service

Kruger National Park poaching syndicates – Hawks seek 2 for money laundering
Kruger National Park poaching syndicates - Hawks seek 2 for money laundering. Photo: SAPS

Martin Prince Lekhuleni (37) and Eunice Lekhuleni (24), are sought by the Hawks Middelburg based Serious Corruption Investigation for money laundering.

The two escaped during an arrest of nine suspects, Maluleke and Ubisi`s families during a multidisciplinary integrated take down operation “Blood Orange on the early hours of Friday, 2 December 2022.

This follows a comprehensive investigation which included their financial affairs.

KPMG (which is a global network of professional firms, providing Audit, Tax and Advisory service) was co-opted to do the financial investigation of the money flow into and out of the accounts of the suspects.

It is alleged that Lekhuleni paid money into the accounts of Field Rangers and their families.

It was gratification paid to Rangers for tactical information in Kruger National Park to assist poaching syndicates.

The family of the former field ranger, Chikwa David Maluleke; Joyce Maluleke (51), Stephinah Mbhombi (52), Oters Maluleke (27), Miyelani Maluleke (29) and Nkhesane Maluleke (22) were released on R5000 bail each and the family of a former field ranger, Solly Ubisi; Thandi Makhuvele (37), Alsina Mkhonto (61), Ignatia Mnisi (36), Given Mzimba (28) were released on R3000 each.

The case was postponed to 27 January 2023 for further investigation and to join the suspects together.

Anyone with further information on the investigation is urged to contact the Hawks’ investigating officer, Colonel Danie Hall on 071 481 3281.

The Provincial Head of the Hawks Major General Zodwa Mokoena urged Martin and Eunice Lekhuleni to hand themselves to the investigating officer as running will never aid them.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service