Re: SAPS, SANDF & SANParks Employees Involved in Poaching

Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:45 pm

Former KNP field guide pleads guilty to poaching
Kenneth Msibi will be sentenced on September 8.

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SKUKUZA – Kenneth Msibi, former field guide in the Shisangeni area of the Kruger National Park, pleaded guilty to rhino poaching in the Skukuza Regional Court last Thursday.

Helene Eloff

Msibi was arrested on September 3, 2014. WO Willie Broodryk testified during his previous court appearances.
“At 06:00 that morning a rhino was found with its horns removed. They had been cut off with an axe and a knife,” he said.


A day before, Mbisi had taken a group of tourists on a game drive. They had come across a rhino that was badly injured after fighting with another rhino. The animal died as a result of its injuries.

Investigators noticed that the horn’s removal had happened while Mbisi was on two days’ leave.

The police received further information linking Mbisi to the crime. He had allegedly cut the rhino’s horns off, transported them out of the park wrapped in a blanked and placed them in a white Toyota Corolla.

Police stopped and searched the car in the Komatipoort area. About 50 metres from the car they found a blanket.

“Inside it were two rhino horns,” said Broodryk.

The blanket was tied up with an electrical cable. Traces of the same cable were found in Msibi’s house. This linked him to the crime.
His guilty plea was noted and the case postponed to September 8 for sentencing.

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Re: SAPS, SANDF & SANParks Employees Involved in Poaching

Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:48 pm

KNP poaching case postponed
The three will appear in the Skukuza Regional Court again on October 31.
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One of the accused, André Mabunda.

SKUKUZA – A former SANParks field guide, a Kruger National Park (KNP) section ranger and a gardener charged with poaching, appeared briefly in the Skukuza Regional Court last Thursday.

Helene Eloff

André Mabunda, Shakes Baloyi and Laurence Baloyi were arrested in the KNP on September 21, 2014.

They face charges of hunting a protected species in the Kruger, possession of a firearm and ammunition with the intent to commit a crime, unlawful possession of ammunition, conspiracy to commit a crime, and the attempted theft of rhino horn.

In October 2014, during their bail hearing, it was testified that officials patrolling in a SAPS helicopter spotted a rhino carcass. The animal had been shot. Upon landing they found an axe close to it. The SANParks Special Operations Team was called in. Shakes and

Mabunda were discovered in the bush. A hunting rifle, ammunition and two empty shells were also found in the men’s possession.

Investigations implicated Laurence, who was released on bail shortly after their first appearance. Mabunda was granted bail of R5 000 in November 2015.

The case was postponed and the three will appear in the Skukuza Regional Court again on October 31.

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Re: SAPS, SANDF & SANParks Employees Involved in Poaching

Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:28 am

How many times has this case been postponed? It happened three years ago 0*\