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Rhino Poachers Sentenced to 25 Years Each Which Set A New Precedent – South Africa

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Justice was served to a syndicate of poachers in South Africa, which wraps up a court case in Grahamstown high court that stretched out for almost three years.

The report released by the South African Police Service, stated Jabulani Ndlovu (40), Forget Ndlovu (37) and Sikhumbuzo Ndlovu (38), known as the ‘Ndlovu Gang’ received hefty sentences totaling 500 years in prison for more than 55 counts of rhino poaching between 2013 and 2016. Sentences will run concurrently; each of the three men will effectively serve 25 years.

The three were arrested at Makana Resort, in 2016 as part of the provincial Operation FUll Moon which focused on rhino poaching. The three were linked to poaching rhino at Buckland’s Private Game Reserve. At the time of their arrest, the suspects were linked to at least ten other rhino poaching incidents within the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and Mpumalanga.

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The outcome was excellent, and the lengthy sentences were another indication the integrated strategic management approach to wildlife was working. This is a collaborative approach between the departments of Environmental Affairs, Justice, Police, and the national defence force, among others.

In the beginning of April 2019 in the Kruger National Park a suspected rhino poacher was trampled by an elephant and eaten by a pride of lions.

The deceased family requested that they search for his remains. There was no body only a human skull and a pair of trousers. The deceased accomplices were arrested and await trail. Let’s hope these rhino poachers also receive a hefty sentence.

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All images and video courtesy of Ben Wallace Photography

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