In yet another successful operation, three suspected rhino poachers were arrested before they were able to shoot and dehorn a rhino on a farm in the Marken area of the province.
The suspects were arrested on Sunday afternoon after police followed up information about a possible attack on the animals on the farm.
The Police, members of a security company as well as the owner of the farm conducted surveillance of the area for several hours when a vehicle was spotted offloading two suspects and them entering the farm on foot.
The suspected poachers were followed for a short distance before they were arrested. In the process the police confiscated a hunting rifle, silencer and an axe.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested during a follow-up operation and the vehicle confiscated.
The suspects face charges of conspiracy to commit rhino poaching, as well as the possession of unlawful fire-arm and ammunition.