SEKHUKHUNE – Three suspects arrested for rhino poaching in Hoedspruit appeared before the Hoedspruit Periodical Court for possession of endangered species in rhino body parts on Monday 21 May 2018.
They were all denied bail and their cases were postponed to the 28th May 2018 for bail application and further police investigations.
The suspects were identified as Sam Judas Khosa (25), Juma Lucas Baloyi (29) who was out on R2000.00 bail for attempted murder and house robbery which occurred in the Giyani area and Shadrack Thomas Nkuna (39) who was out on R5000.00 bail for rhino poaching in Skukuza.
Police in Hoedspruit outside Phalaborwa arrested the suspected rhino poaching syndicate at a roadblock along the R40 route during a provincial simultaneous joint operation as part of Operation Fiela II on Friday, 18 May 2018 evening.
Lt Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said upon searching the vehicle, over R200 000 in cash, an ear, a nose and tail believed to be of a white rhino were found in possession of the suspects.
Ngoepe said the joint operation, composed of the South African Police Service, the Hoedspruit Farm Watch, the Young Civillians on Patrol (YCOP) and the Community Policing Forum (CPF) manning a stop and search road bloc when they stopped a speeding motor vehicle.