Alleged poachers appear in court

TWO alleged rhino poachers appeared briefly in the Tzaneen Magistrate's Court yesterday on charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

The suspects – Christopher Botha, 24, of Makhado, and Louis Andrew, 22, of Tzaneen – were granted R2000 bail each.

The case was postponed to May 28 for further investigation.

The two were arrested at a farm near Letsitele on Saturday. Limpopo police said they followed up on information about possible rhino poaching in the area.

Police cordoned off roads leading to and from the farm, stopped a vehicle and made the arrests.

  • South Africa plans to store its stockpile of seized rhino horn at a heavily secured central location after thieves stole millions of rands worth of horns from a provincial government safe at the weekend.
The Environmental Affairs Ministry said yesterday it would shift its stocks after thieves broke into the Mpumalanga tourism agency offices and made off with 80kg.

A decision has now been made that all rhino horn in the possession of provincial authorities be transferred to a centralised and secure location controlled by the state. – Glacier Nkhwashu and AFP