As originally reported by Times Live, South African Police Service (SAPS) Officers and South African National Parks (SANParks) Rangers, supported by Veterans for Wildlife volunteers, have in the past two weeks arrested 12 people linked to poaching in the Kruger National Park (KNP). Three Mozambican men, aged between 33 and 36, were caught in the Stoltznek section of the Park on Monday.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Mtsholi Bhembe said that the men were found in possession of a .458 rifle, ammunition and a suppressor. The suspects appeared in the Mapulaneng Magistrate's Court in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, on Tuesday.

Three other Mozambican men were arrested last Thursday, after being found in possession of a hunting rifle, ammunition, a knife, a suppressor and an axe. The suspects were charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition without a licence, trespassing and possession of dangerous weapons.

In the same week, two others were arrested for being in possession of a firearm without a licence and trespassing. Colonel Bhembe said that a SANParks employee was also among four people arrested at one of the entrances to the Park two weeks ago in possession of freshly cut rhino horns, a hunting rifle and ammunition.

Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma commended the joint team for their hard work.

Elephants and rhinos are a natural resource which need to be preserved for future generations in the country.

Lt Gen Mondli Zuma