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Rhino poacher sentenced to 6 years

Rhino poacher sentenced to 6 years

JOHANNESBURG – South African National Parks (SANParks) says it hopes the sentencing of a rhino poacher to six years behind bars in Limpopo will send a strong message to other rhino killers.

Musa Simango and two of his accomplices were cornered by a ranger in the Kruger National Park in October.

One of the suspects was killed in a shootout while another managed to escape.

On Tuesday, the 19-year-old Mozambican national was found guilty of attempted rhino poaching, unlawful possession of ammunition and trespassing.

SANParks’ Ike Phaahla said, “Six years is a long time for anyone who hasn’t been in jail before, the judge might have been a little lenient in this instance, but we are happy that at least there’s a conviction.”

Meanwhile, two suspected rhino poachers are on the run following a shootout with rangers in the park on Saturday, while a third was shot dead.

On Thursday, two three-day-old rhino carcasses were found at the park.

An autopsy on the carcasses later revealed one of the rhino died from a bullet wound to the ribs


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