Rhino poaching trio locked up
Mogwase – Three Mozambican nationals will spend at least 35 years behind bars after the Mogwase Regional Court convicted them on several charges related to rhino poaching.
On Wednesday 20 October, Arlindo Muhlanga, Adam Hlongwane and Gamula Chauke – who were arrested in 2018 as they tried to leave the Pilanesberg Game Reserve in a white Ford bakkie loaded with stolen rhino horns valued at R1. 5 million – were handed the hefty sentences.
The trio were found guilty on three counts of killing three female rhinos, the possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of ammunition, possession of six rhino horns, chopping six rhino horns from three rhino carcasses intentionally, unlawfully conveying six rhino horns, theft of three rhino horns, as well as entering the game reserve without written permission.
Although the court sentenced them to a cumulative 85-year jail term, it also ruled that some of the sentences run concurrently.
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