Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:49 pm

PennyinSA wrote:http://ewn.co.za/2016/11/20/2-cops-among-6-arrested-for-rhino-poaching-in-mpumalanga


Victor Magwedze | about 2 hours ago
JOHANNESBURG - Two South African Police Service (Saps) officers and four others have been arrested in Mpumalanga in connection with rhino poaching and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Officials say the men were detained during a sting operation in Ngodwana on Saturday night.

The two detectives were picking up the four suspected rhino poachers outside a game reserve when they were spotted by other members of the police force.

Saps spokesperson Leonard Hlathi said, “The vehicle came to a standstill, a search was conducted and the six men were arrested after police found two rhino horns and a rifle loaded with four rounds. They will all appear before the Nelspruit Magistrates Court on Monday.”

The two detectives were picking up the four suspected rhino poachers outside a game reserve
0*\ 0= once again let down by those entrusted with protecting our safety and heritage O/ @#$

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:59 pm

:evil:

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:50 pm

@#$ to those two police officers!!!

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:36 am

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_Presiding_Magistrate_Kempton_Park_Court_DENY_BAIL_TO_ZHIWEI_YE/?aKwShfb

Why this is important

Dear Sir

It is respectfully requested that the above Honourable court deny bail to ZHIWEI YE who was arrested on the 23rd November 2016 at OR Tambo International Airport in transit to Hong Kong with 18 rhino horns weighing approximately 43 kilograms.

These accused has the means and ability
to flee the country and as such we implore the court to deny them bail pending their trial.

In terms of Section 60 of the Criminal Procedures Act the state is required to consider the following with regard to
granting bail:

1. Whether or not there is a likelihood that the
accused, if released, would endanger the safety of the public or an individual,
or would commit a Schedule 1 offence,[71] the court takes the following into account:
the degree of violence implicit in the charge;
a threat of violence the accused may have made to any person;
any resentment the accused is alleged to harbour towards any person;
the accused's disposition towards violence as evidenced by his past conduct;
the disposition of the accused to commit Schedule I offences, as evidenced by past conduct;
the prevalence of a particular type of offence;
any evidence that the accused has previously committed a Schedule 1 offence while out on bail; and
any other factor.
2. Whether the nature or circumstances of the
offence are likely to induce a sense of shock or outrage in the community in which it was committed;

3. Whether his release would undermine or jeopardize public confidence in the criminal justice system;

4. Whether there is the likelihood that the accused will attempt to influence or intimidate witnesses, or conceal or destroy evidence 5. Whether the likelihood that the accused will attempt to evade trial if released

It is the undersigned petitioner’s belief that any one or more of the above are likely to exist should the accused be released on bail and respectfully request the above Honourable Court to deny bail accordingly.

Already this year more than 800 rhinos have been poached in South Africa and we, OSCAP, being a group of more than 18 000 members from both South Africa and also internationally would like to make the court aware of our
outrage at the ongoing poaching crisis.
All too often when alleged poachers are released on bail it has been found that they re‐offend and prolong the trial or in the case of foreign nationals they leave the country. We trust that when making a decision based on the facts that you will take our outrage and concern into consideration.

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:41 am

\O Rog!

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:44 pm

http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/7ec07f004f2433deab02ef70ce873b7f/Additional-charge-added-to-six-alleged-poachers-20161129


Additional charge added to six alleged poachers
Tuesday 29 November 2016 06:05
Mthobisi Mkhaliphi

An additional case of illegal hunting has been opened against two police officers and four other who were arrested for alleged rhino poaching near Ngodwana in Mpumalanga.

This was revealed by state prosecutor, Isabet Erwee during the appearance of the six suspects in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Erwee also requested that the case be transferred to the Waterval Boven Periodical Court.

The State Prosecutor, Isabet Erwee says the police have found a carcass near Waterval Boven believed to be of the rhino that was allegedly poached by the six suspects.

She requested that the case against the men be transferred to Waterval Boven.

However, the defence dismissed the request made by the state.

It will be heard on Tuesday whether the case will be moved to another court or not.

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:08 pm

Do they need a week to decide in which court the case should be presented 0-

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:04 pm

• The case against alleged rhino-poaching middleman and syndicate key player, Mr Gert Lund, will be back in the Mala Regional Court in Bushbuckridge on January 17. He was first charged six years ago. Of the seven men who initially stood trial, only Lund remains. They were arrested in 2009 and 2010 following the poaching of nine white rhinos in the Kruger National Park and Lionspruit. Lund and his co-accused, Messrs Vusimusi Mthombothi, Jack Thindimba, Petros Mokoena, Goodman Mahlalela, Vincent Njunguna and Jian F Coil were identified as suspects. Over the course of time, Mthombothi and Mokoena died and Coil had been deported back to his home country, Vietnam. Thindimba’s bail had been forfeited as he failed to reappear in court. His current location is not known. During Mahlalela and Njunguna’s court appearance on March 31 this year, a plea agreement was negotiated between Lund and the state. In terms of this agreement, he would plead guilty on the charges levelled against him and those against Mahlalela and Njunguna were withdrawn. When the day of Lund’s intended plea arrived, he showed up in court without an attorney and applied for state-funded legal aid. No guilty plea was rendered. Lund’s bail of R25 000 was extended.

http://lowvelder.co.za/366332/hofbrokkies-des/

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:47 pm

Hunting rifle hidden under vehicle by poaching suspects
Police believe the illegal firearm found in their possession was smuggled through Swaziland’s Oshoek Border Post.
4 hours ago


MBOMBELA – Illegal weapons landed a number of South Africans behind bars on poaching-related charges this week. Most recently, two suspected poachers were apprehended en route to the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Wednesday morning.



Mr Nicole Mbungela (38) and Ms Phyllis Busi Thabethe (40) were arrested on the R40 between Mbombela and Barberton. Lowvelder was on the scene of the arrest. They were charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and illegal ammunition as well as conspiracy to poach.
Police believe the illegal firearm found in their possession was smuggled through Swaziland’s Oshoek Border Post. Police acted on information from the provincial tracking team and the crime intelligence unit, about a white Nissan NP200 bakkie travelling on the road.

Police stopped the vehicle fitting the description at approximately 09:00. The hunting rifle was hidden underneath the vehicle. A silencer and illegal ammunition as well as a knife and “poaching equipment” were found in the back of the bakkie.
During interrogation by police, the suspects initially refused to say where they were heading.
Provincial spokesman, Sgt Gerald Sedibe, later confirmed that they admitted to being on their way to the KNP.


Mbungela and Thabethe appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. At the time of going to press, the outcome was not yet known.

Wildlife poaching only became illegal in Mozambique in 2014. Bossies Community Justice’s Mr Albert Gryvenstein, said Swaziland’s tough stance on poaching and legislation was known to deter poachers and should be an example to South Africa.

The Game Act as it is known, says anyone who poaches or attempts to poach one of the specially protected species (white or black rhino, elephant or lion), will go to jail. There is a minimum of five years’ imprisonment, which could be increased to 15 years, and no option of paying a fine. Apart from this, the offender is also expected to pay back the prescribed value of the animal poached to the owner.

http://lowvelder.co.za/366531/hunting-r ... -suspects/

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:56 pm

Wildlife poaching only became illegal in Mozambique in 2014.
Absurd 0*\ In fact there is not much left as far as I know O/