9 November 2017

South Africa: Suspects Arrested for Possession of Hunting Rifle, Ammunition and Protected Species

press release

The Police in Hoedspruit arrested four (04) suspects aged between 25 and 43 years for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition at Klaserie outside Hoedspruit this week.

The Police intercepted the suspects and arrested them when they were en-route to go and hunt protected species on a farm outside Hoedspruit.

During this arrest, the following were recovered:

01 X 308 Rifle.

06 X rifle live rounds of ammunition.

The suspects will appear before the Hoedspruit Magistrate Court soon.

Meanwhile, six (06) suspects, one woman and five men aged between 29 and 52 were arrested in Lulekani outside Phalaborwa by the Provincial Endangered Species Unit for possession of protected species; two Pangolins. The arrests follow a tip-off from members of the community. During these arrests, two (02) Pangolins were recovered still alive inside a cage. These suspects will appear before the Lulekani Magistrate Court soon.

In Tzaneen Life Style Shopping Centre, two (02) suspects aged 25 and 35 years were arrested for possession of endangered species, a pangolin, after a tip-off from members of the community. The suspect's will appear before the Tzaneen Magistrate Court soon.

Police investigations are still continuing.

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