Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

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Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Post by Lisbeth » Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:40 pm

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Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Post by Klipspringer » Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:16 pm

https://www.saps.gov.za/newsroom/msspee ... ?nid=22794

Media Statement from Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS)
South African Police Service



NORTHERN CAPE – Matheus Willem Johannes Viljoen (55) and Gerrit Michael Johannes Davies (65) appeared at Kimberley Magistrate Court on Friday, 11 October 2019.

They were facing charges of illegal dealing in rhino horns and contravention of Section 57 of the National Environmental Management-Biodiversity (Nemba) Act 57 of 2009.

The duo was arrested on Thursday during an intelligence driven operation led by the Hawk’s Serious Organised Crime Investigating team together with the Stock Theft Unit and SANParks.

They were nabbed in possession of two Rhino horns and five other smaller pieces valued at R1.9 million. The team also seized an Astra revolver and a vehicle used in the commission of the alleged crime, following their failed attempts to sell the horns.

The case against the duo was remanded to the 18th October 2019 for a formal bail application.

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Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Post by Richprins » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:46 am

Media Release: Risk to Poachers on the increase as SANParks use of technology leads to success

16 October 2019

The South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced three successful operations in the Kruger National Park (KNP), where six suspected poachers were arrested since the beginning of October 2019. During the operations, three heavy calibre hunting rifles were confiscated and the majority of suspects were arrested before shooting any animals. In the same period, there were no elephants poached despite 55 recorded poacher activities.

The successful operations are attributed to the dedication and efficiencies of the Ranger Corps, closely supported by rapid reaction K9, aircraft units and applied hi-tech detection technologies.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SANParks, Fundisile Mketeni has commended all those involved in the operations saying “we are still miles away from being on top of this campaign but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Our investment in technology and intelligence gathering means the risk to poachers has increased and they know that if we pick up their spoor, they will lose their freedom. The Rangers Corps, K9 and Airwing units are working relentlessly in coordinated approach which is being continually refined to counter the threat posed by the poaching syndicates and for that we are grateful” said Mketeni.

Mketeni urged communities to continue providing vital information to assist in curbing the scourge of poaching. He warned criminals that they are constantly under scrutiny and will soon end up behind bars if they don’t stop their illegal activities. He cautioned communities to stop supporting the bush meat trade which has seen an increase in snares in the KNP.

All arrested suspects are detained at the Skukuza Police Station and will appear in court in due course.

Issued by:
Communications & Marketing Department – Kruger National Park

Media enquiries:
Isaac Phaahla
GM: Communications and Marketing, KNP
Tel: 013 735 4363; Cell 083 673 6974
Email: Isaac.phaahla@sanparks.org

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Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Post by Alf » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:11 am

It's easy for this CEO to say a lot but what does he actually do to make a difference -O-
Next trip to the bush??

Let me think......................

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Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Post by Lisbeth » Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:19 am

He is the CEO as you say, so everything that is done is his responsibility, triumphs or failures \O
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Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Post by Richprins » Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:22 am

He cautioned communities to stop supporting the bush meat trade which has seen an increase in snares in the KNP.

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Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Post by Lisbeth » Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:30 am

Well done! It is poaching :evil: It will be difficult to stop though.
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