April 2014: Six suspected poachers have been arrested in Kruger National Park, following the detection of three heavily armed groups by rangers, says South Africa National Parks’ spokesperson, Reynold Thakhuli.
He said these follow the arrests of two SANParks employees on 7 April 2014 on suspicion of poaching, bringing a total of arrests relating to suspected poaching to eight this last month. The incidents took place in the southern part of the park in the areas Crocodile Bridge, Kingfisherspruit, Tshokwane and Stolsnek.
Thakhuli said that the proactive actions of everyone involved had finally paid off and that the possibility of more arrests will not be ruled out as follow up investigations are underway.
“This is a clear indication that resilience and patience pays off and we are grateful that no lives were lost during an encounter with these heavily armed suspected poachers.”