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Rapid breakthrough in rhino poaching case

Rapid breakthrough in rhino poaching case

May 23, 2008;

MEDIA RELEASE No: 2008 - 07  

For immediate release
The SAPS in the Mtubatuba area, assisted by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife staff,  have arrested six people following the shooting of a white rhino bull on the western shore of LakeSt Lucia to the south of Charter's Creek in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park on 6 May 2008.
The carcase of the rhino was found in open grassland adjacent to a thick patch of forest by a contractor involved in removing alien vegetation.
The scene of the incident was thoroughly examined by  SAPS and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife  investigators who found several cartridge cases and also recovered several spent bullet heads from the carcase.
These items have been sent to the SAPS for forensic testing.
The accused appeared in the Mtubatuba Magistrate's Court on Monday 19 May 2008 and the case has been remanded to 26 May 2008 for bail applications.
In the course of making the arrests, the SAPS officers recovered an R1 rifle and several rounds of live ammunition, which have also been sent in for forensic testing.
Close co-operation between the SAPS, iSimangaliso Wetland Park staff and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife investigators continues in the meanwhile.
 AJG/ Media Release No: 2008 - 07 

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