SAPS Bust Rhino Poaching Syndicate After Shoot-out In Ekland Game Farm

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BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed that members of South African Police Service (SAPS) in Makhado outside Thohoyandou, busted a rhino poaching syndicate.

As informed, the SAPS members intercepted the syndicate during an Intelligent Led Operation at Ekland Game Farm outside Louis Trichardt.

SAPS members were already waiting for the suspects after they were informed about their rhino poaching intent. The plan was to apprehend the suspected rhino poachers the moment they entered the farm.

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But, a shoot-out ensued between the crime fighter and the suspects when they called. While one of the suspects was shot and wounded, another was subdued and arrested.

None of the SAPS members was injured and, two cases of rhino poaching and attempted murder have been opened against the suspect.

SAPS said it recovered the following during the intelligent led operation:



  1. 01 x hunting rifle
  2. 10 x round of ammunition
  3. 03 x hunting knives
  4. Ford Ranger

SAPS Bust Rhino Poaching Syndicate After Shoot-out In Ekland Game Farm

Few days ago, SAPS members in East London arrested five men believed to be involved in rhino horn poaching. The men were on their way to a private game reserve when the crime fighters intercepted them.

From our gatherings, the vehicle the men were travelling in was stopped outside East London. There, the men aged between 26 to 46 years were arrested.

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SAPS related that three of the men are from Nelspruit and two from King William’s Town. “They were in possession of a 308 hunting rifle, ammunition, an axe and hack saw. They will appear in the East London Magistrates’ Court…on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and conspiracy to commit a crime,” SAPS stated.

Commending SAPS members behind the arrest of the poachers, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, the Commissioner of the Eastern Cape asserted that crime fighters wouldn’t let wide life slaughter thrive.

“I am also impressed with the good intelligence feed of information which allowed us to act and arrested the suspects before any harm could be done,” she added.