Policeman nabbed as possible kingpin in rhino poaching near Rustenburg

Anti rhino poaching drives in SA

The war on rhino poachers continues successfully with another suspected rhino poacher arrested at a game lodge near Rustenburg  . The suspect has been identified as a police constable and has possible links to the rhino poaching incidents which had plagued Pilanesberg. The 33-year-old suspect was arrested during a Crime Intelligence Operation on Tuesday evening, January 14. Four suspects were caught who were allegedly in the process of poaching rhinos at a Game Lodge in Boitekong, near Rustenburg, according to a SAPS statement. Three managed to escape into the surrounding…

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Kruger Park rangers start 2020 off on high note with major arrests

Another poached rhino in the Kruger National Park in SA

Seven suspected poachers had met their match in the Kruger National Park rangers who, in nine days, during the New Year anti-poaching campaign. Three  were arrested on January 2  in the Lower Sabie / Skukuza area of the Park after an extended day long follow-up operation by rangers, supported by K9 and air wing rapid reaction units. Heavy caliber hunting rifles, ammunition and poaching equipment were recovered. The second group of another three suspects were arrested on January 7 by a joint Stolznek and Pretoriuskop ranger team, supported by K9…

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Ermelo farmers rejoice as stock theft in Mpumalanga gets heavy court sentences

Ermelo’s farming community called the latest court sentence of stock thefts a breakthrough. SAPS provincial commissioner, Lt-Gen Mondli Zuma, took the complaints of the farmers seriously and tasked the Hawks to deal with this scourge of theft. The suspects in the latest incident which occurred at the end of last year would spend most of their lives behind bars and even the National Prosecuting Authority applauded the court for handing down sentences of 29 years. Zuma said that the thefts over the Christmas season were as a result of people…

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Manhunt for truck hijackings in Delmas, Mpumalanga

trucks are being hijacked in delmas in mpumalanga south africa more and more

Police had launched a manhunt after several truck hijackings in  Delmas, Mpumalanga. Some of the hijackers wore full SAPD uniforms and drove cars with blue lights similar to police vehicles. In the latest incident last week, two trucks from one company were hijacked on the R50. They were transporting soya products to Standerton. The value of the products alone is said to be worth at least R400 000. The provincial commissioner of police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma told media that SAPS would take out all the stops to find…

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Drunk drivers cause road accidents

Mpumalanga police have urged motorists not to drive under the influence of alcohol to avoid unnecessary road accidents. At the beginning of the Safer Festive Season Operation, police managed to detect more than 1300 drivers from the roads who were arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol. “This causes danger, not only to the drivers but to other road users as well because most lives are lost due to people who disobey the law by consciously going behind the wheel after consumption of alcohol,” said Mpumalanga police…

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Hawks continue to fight crime to ensure safety festive season

The Hawks in Mpumalanga will continue to fight against crime during the festive season, says Hawks provincial spokesperson Captain Dineo Sekgotodi. “During the festive season, we will continue with our operational activities with a focus on serious and dangerous criminals that undermined the safety of our citizens, visitors and the country itself,” said Sekgotodi. “We would like to thank all personnel who will be working hard during the festive season to keep the country and its inhabitants safe.” She also thanked members of the public and other stakeholders who played…

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Fraudulent licenses behind accidents? Hawks nab Limpopo testing centre suspects

Image of a fraudulent SA driving license which was bought

The road traffic management cooperation maintains that two million South Aftrican drivers had acquired their driving licenses through fraudulent transactions. This had once again come to the fore with various driving schools being investigated and workers at two testing stations in Limpopo being incarcerated for fraud. According to the Sowetan, the minimum rate to obtain a fraudulent driving license is R8,600. The Hawks arrested 10 suspects at the Malamulele and Mutale testing stations in Limpopo for allegedly selling driving licenses. The serious corruption unit with assistance from the Road Traffic…

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Beware the scammers during festive season

It’s the holiday season and for a lot of us that means shopping, sun and sandy beaches, but there’s a more sinister side to the summer holidays – scammers become more active. According to the financial fraud guide, when it comes to economic crimes, South Africa is one of the most targeted countries in the world. On average, according to the 2018 Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey, the rate of reported economic crime is 77% compared to the average global rate of 49%. It’s getting worse. The latest figures…

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Two Mpumalanga men in court for poaching

Two men, Johan Cox (41) and Hendrick Bernardus Elvis (32) had appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate Court  for illegal possession of elephant tusks and unlicensed firearms. The men from Sunrise View were arrested by members of the Hawks’ Wildlife Trafficking unit in conjunction with members from Nelspruit SAPS Crime Intelligence. Six elephant tusks and five illegal firearms were found concealed inside a trailer. The men are behind bars and would make a bail application soon. Anyone with information can contact Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi on 071 481 3493.    

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Hundred rhino horns and tiger carcasses found on farm

During an operation on a farm in the Klerksdorp area, police uncovered a hunting rifle, a shotgun, a special revolver and a pistol which led the team to a second farm in Hartbeesfontein. A suspected was arrested on the first farm and two more at a second farm. While the police was actually looking for illicit guns, they found 100 rhino horns as well and four tiger carcasses. The value of the horns is approximated at almost USD 46 000 (almost R675 000). The suspects appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s…

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