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Johannesburg - Three SANParks workers were arrested for alleged rhino-poaching at the Kruger National Park on Sunday, said SANParks.

The three were based in the lower Sabie area, said SANParks acting CEO Abe Sibiya in a statement.

“They were found with a hunting rifle, ammunition, vehicle and poaching equipment during the arrest,” Sibiya said, adding that the arrest came as a result of joint operations between SANParks and the police.

The arrest came shortly after the discovery of a freshly killed rhino in the area where the three worked.

Sibiya said the incident was unfortunate.

“It is unfortunate that those trusted with the well-being of these animals are alleged to have become the destroyers of the same heritage that they have a mandate to protect,” he said.

It was unclear when they would appear in court. - Sapa