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Rhino poaching: Couple due in court

Two suspected rhino poachers are appearing in court today after they were found in possession of rhino horn in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Rhino poachers arrested

The pair were intercepted yesterday in Ntambanana by a national task team set up to combat rhino poaching.

Officers received a tipped-off after noticing a suspicious looking car in the area.

Police spokesperson, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, says the couple is from Mpumalanga province.

"The driver, a 44-year-old woman, and a 33-year-old male were arrested after they were found in possession of a rhino horn as well as parts of a hunting rifle and several rounds of ammunition in their vehicle. Both of these suspects are currently in police custody. They are expected to appear in the Ngwelezane Magistrates Court," he said.

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Meanwhile Ezemvelo spokesperson, Musa Mntambo says 130 rhino have been killed this year so far just in KZN.

"We have seen the increase in terms of arrests. Seventy-one arrests were made by June 26 while last year, 44 arrests have been made by this time," he said.  

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