Accused syndicate members cool heels behind bars

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Four men alleged to be involved in a rhino- poaching syndicate will spend another few weeks behind bars until they plead in May.

Evert Potgieter, Riaan Vermaak and brothers Dumisane and Nkosinathi Sithole appeared in the Magudu Magistrate’s Court in Zululand on Thursday on charges of conspiracy to hunt 10 rhino and attempting to hunt rhino.

Potgieter and Vermaak face additional charges of possessing unlicensed firearms and ammunition and stolen property.

The men were arrested a month ago when undercover police were taken to the Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve to allegedly poach 10 rhino.

On March 23, warrant officer Jean-Pierre van Zyl-Roux testified in court, saying that Potgieter was a dangerous criminal who told a police agent he wanted to shoot someone in the head to see what it looked like.

During a raid on Potgieter’s farm, Van Zyl-Roux said, police found unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

A 9mm pistol, a .300 Winchester magnum, a .223 Vector assault rifle, a Hornet .22 rifle, and a replica Boer War Martini Henry were confiscated.



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