Four rhino poaching suspects have been arrested near the Tembe Elephant Park in northern KZN in what Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife says is its single biggest anti-poaching success to date.
A bolt-action rifle, ammunition, silencer and an axe were found on the group consisting of three South Africans and one Mozambican national who were arrested yesterday in the Bhekabantu District.
The rifle will be sent for ballistic tests to determine whether it has been used for to poach any rhinos.
Ezemvelo KZN's Musa Mntambo says they're slowly honing in on suspects.
"Last year during the course of the whole year we arrested 33 people who were involved in rhino poaching. And this year alone, we've surpassed that...we are approaching 45 people arrested already," he said.
Mntambo says the four suspects are expected to appear in court this week.
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- Khatija Nxedlana