No bail for Easter rhino poachers

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Makopane, Limpopo - Five of six men arrested for poaching two rhino in Limpopo over the Easter weekend will remain in jail until their next court appearance, police said on Wednesday.

Davide Rebefe, 27, Bethuel Rethlangu, 24, John Ratafu, 45, Samson Simunu, 38, and Jafta Setlengu, 35, would be back in in the Mokopane Magistrate's Court on April 29, said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

The sixth man was under police protection.

They were arrested on the weekend after police discovered two rhino had been shot and de-horned.

“The group was arrested on Sunday, after allegedly killing a rhino and wounding another in Naboomspruit (Mookgopong) in early April this year.”

One rhino died and the other survived the attack and was recovering from two bullet wounds.

Police arrested two men in Naboomspruit and seized an AK-47 automatic rifle. Further investigation resulted in another four arrests on the same day (Sunday) in Soshanguve, north west of Pretoria.

“Another AK-47 was seized and police recovered R46 000 in cash from the suspects,” Mulaudzi said. - Sapa

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