Suspected poachers nabbed, Kruger National Park

South African Police Service

Three men appeared at the Malelane Periodical Court today, 30 May 2018, after they were arrested for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, while attempting to enter the Kruger National Park (KNP) through the Malelane gate yesterday, in separate incidents.

The first two suspects, Prince Sifiso Khoza aged 22 and Bernard Khumalo aged 35 were arrested after police, who were executing patrol duties, received information about a white suspicious Volkswagen Polo with two occupants approaching the Kruger National Park Malelane gate. When police came across the said vehicle, they stopped and searched it, at which point a hunting rifle with serial number filed off, ammunition as well as a silencer were discovered. The pair was then detained for unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition.

The third suspect, a 21 year old man, Lennie Ngomane was arrested a few minutes after the above mentioned incident around the same area, when police again received information about a suspicious grey Toyota Cressida, also heading towards the same gate. The vehicle was stopped and searched and a black plastic bag full of ammunition was found. The suspect was then arrested and the ammunition were confiscated.

All three suspects were granted R500 bail each and were ordered to appear again on 25 June 2018, at the same court, pending further investigation.

The Provincial Commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma commended the members and the community for their cooperation that led to the arrest of the trio and the confiscation of the firearm as well as ammunition, which were mostly likely going to be used in poaching our endangered species.

South Africa Today – South Africa News

SOURCESouth African Police Service