Two KwaZulu-Natal men were arrested in a roadblock between Vryheid and Utrecht with still-bloody rhino horns – less than 24 hours after rangers discovered the corpses of two white rhino in Ezemvelo National Park.
One of the two, 44-year-old Muntungowakhe Khoza, of Ulundi, is facing rhino poaching charges stemming from a 2009 case and was out on bail.
He was apprehended early on Friday in the company of 26-year-old Thulani Mbatha.
Investigators are hoping to link the arrest of Khoza and Mbatha to the slaughter of the two rhino via DNA evidence.
Reacting to the incident, South African conservationist and retired lawyer Chris Mercer slammed delays in the administration of justice, calling the courts “dysfunctional and an unholy recipe for disaster” in dealing with poaching that had escalated to crisis levels.
“In terms of rhino poaching and wildlife crimes, the justice system in South Africa needs to be brought under a microscope,” said Mercer....
Via Wildlife Margrit