The three South African National Parks (SANParks) employees who were arrested more than a week ago in the Kruger National Park on suspicion of rhino poaching will apply for bail in the White River Magistrate’s Court.
Their bail application will be heard on Friday, 3 October 2014.
On Sunday 21 September 2014, four SA Police Detectives from Skukuza were conducting investigations of old rhino carcasses in the Park’s Crocodile-ranger area when they heard gunshots.
They immediately took to the air in a helicopter from where they saw a dead rhino and an axe laying next to it. They circled the area and summoned help from SANParks and the task force.
The scene was searched with the help of the dogs and two suspects were spotted in a bush, approximately 200 metres from the rhino carcass.
The two suspects – Andrea Mabunda and Shakes Baloyi – had a rifle which belongs to the Park, seven rounds of ammunition, two knives and an axe in their possession.
Upon being caught red-handed, the two suspects told the police that they had been dropped at the scene by Lawrence Baloyi, the section ranger of the Park’s Lower Sabie area, whom they claimed to have been working for.
The three first appeared in court on 22 September 2014, a day after they had been arrested.