Johannesburg - Three suspected rhino poachers have been arrested in the Majeje area near Phalaborwa, Limpopo police said on Wednesday.

Police, acting on a tip-off about three men on their way to shoot and dehorn a rhino, conducted roadblocks in the area and the men were taken into custody on Tuesday afternoon, Colonel Ronel Otto said.

Otto said their Toyota Corolla was searched and police found a .303 hunting rifle with ammunition, a silencer, and an axe. The vehicle was seized.

The men, aged 32, 43, and 20, would appear in court soon.

Sapa