Thursday, 05 August 2021
Vierfontein: Cases of attempted murder and rhino poaching under Bioversity Act 10 /2004 Section 57, carrying out restricted activities involving Species Listed as threatened, are under investigation after two suspects were arrested in Letsatsi La Africa; Vierfontein on Thursday; 05 August 2021.
It is alleged that five males suspected to be poachers were found near the Rhino Borma, where the fence was already cut and one of them allegedly aimed a rifle at the owner and his two sons.
The complainant responded by firing shots at the poachers. One was wounded on his right leg and right arm. The wounded 48 year-old suspect was taken to a hospital in Klerksdorp under police guard.
The second suspect (43), was also apprehended in the vicinity of the scene.
One pistol, magazine with five rounds, a .375 rifle with one round and an axe were recovered at the scene. Three suspects are still at large.
A case almost similar to this occurred on Friday; 30 July 2021, where poachers shot, killed and de-horned a rhino in the same farm. Police are still searching for suspects involved in this case.
Investigation continues and two suspects will appear at the Viljoenskroon Magistrate’s Court soon.