Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

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Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Post by Lisbeth » Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:04 pm

That's still to be seen. First they get bailed out and then the courtcase will be due in three/four years time 0*\
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Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Post by Alf » Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:06 pm

Lisbeth wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:04 pm
That's still to be seen. First they get bailed out and then the courtcase will be due in three/four years time 0*\
Typical SA 0*\
Next trip to the bush??

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Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Post by Richprins » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:10 am

Suspected poachers nabbed by KwaZulu-Natal cops
2020-02-01 17:33

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Police have arrested four suspected poachers in KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal police have arrested four suspected rhino poachers.

The suspects were nabbed during a multidisciplinary and joint operation by police officers in Hluhluwe and Mtubatuba, after a tip off that the suspects were from Khula Village in Matubatuba to Dukuduku.


On stopping and searching the vehicle, officers found a rifle, binoculars, ammunition, a home-made silencer and cellphones.

The suspects – who are aged between 22 and 24 – were arrested and charged for being in illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

"They will appear in court soon. Investigations are also underway to establish if they are linked to other crimes in the area," said police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele.

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Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Post by Richprins » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:12 am

I suppose these poor people have to pay for their car sound system somehow... :O^
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Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Post by Lisbeth » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:15 am

They do not look very professional.
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Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Post by Peter Betts » Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:33 pm

Lisbeth wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:15 am
They do not look very professional.
Thats what Village Poachers look like ..not Hollywood Movie versions ..Rhino poaching with a .303 Lee Enfield Rifle =O: =O: =O: Like trying to kill an Impala with a feather Duster

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Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Post by Klipspringer » Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:50 pm

What is this trial about -O-

https://zululandobserver.co.za/208330/r ... -progress/


Rhino trial progress
Tuesday’s resumption of the case, which was last in court in early December, saw former Hawks police officer Jean-Pierre van Zyl Roux telling the court how he acquired eight rhino horns from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to execute his 2014 sting operation which effected the arrest of Gwala and his co-accused Wiseman Makeba and Aubrey Dlamini (since deceased).
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Rhino poaching accused Dumisani Gwala's trial resumed in the Mtubatuba Regional Court on Tuesday
AFTER more than 30 postponements, the trial of rhino poaching accused Dumisani Gwala resumed in the Mtubatuba Regional Court this week.
Tuesday’s resumption of the case, which was last in court in early December, saw former Hawks police officer Jean-Pierre van Zyl Roux telling the court how he acquired eight rhino horns from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to execute his 2014 sting operation which effected the arrest of Gwala and his co-accused Wiseman Makeba and Aubrey Dlamini (since deceased).
Van Zyl Roux testified that he acquired the rhino horns without any paperwork.
He said that, owing to time constraints, he made a telephonic application to obtain the horns from Cedric Coetzee of Ezemvelo in early November 2014 and collected the horns from a Mr Pota at his residence near Midmar Dam outside Pietermaritzburg on 9 November.
He said no documents were given to him but he signed a register for the horns.
On cross-examination by defence lawyer Mpume Linda, Van Zyl Roux confirmed that he collected the horns without any permits authorising him to be in possession of rhino horns.
This despite a law prohibiting anyone from being in possession of a protected species, which includes rhino horn, without official permission.
He explained that as a police officer, he believed he was immune to that law as he was using the horns to perform his official duties.
He further explained that on 10 November 2014 Ezemvelo issued him with documentation proving his receipt of the eight rhino horns he had collected from the entity.
A former KZN Organised Crime Unit officer, Warrant Officer Van Zyl Roux told the court that his investigation was focusing mainly on Gwala, Mackson Chirwa and others whose names he had been given by his source.
Chirwa was then given the option of testifying in the case, which he reportedly declined to do.*
When Van Zyl Roux was asked about audio or video recordings of his first meeting with the accused, as he had stated in his application to former National Prosecuting Authority Gerrie Nel, he said his agents had been scared to record the meeting as it was held at night.
Gwala and Makeba face a total of 12 charges including numerous counts of the illegal trade and possession of rhino horn, resisting arrest and attempted murder.
Van Zyl Roux’s cross-examination continues today (Thursday).

*Late amendment: Chirwa, who was at no stage charged in the matter, was not in fact asked to testify

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Post by Richprins » Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:35 pm

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Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Post by Lisbeth » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:46 am

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