South Africa: Police Constable, Five Others in the Dock for Dealing With Rhino

Ndondo Amos Phakati, a police constable stationed at Elukwatini Crime Investigation Services, was granted a bail of R1 000 when he appeared before the Bad Plaas Magistrate’s Court today (Thursday) after he was arrested on Wednesday for dealing in rhino horn.

Phakhati (39) joined Dunisani Magagula (41), Sibongile Semelane (34), Joyce Ntombi Nkosi (26), Sonto Catherine Nkosi (42) and Moses Piet Mabuza (36) who were released on R2 000 bail each by the Caroline Magistrate’s Court on Monday following their arrest on Saturday. The six suspects appeared today (Thursday) at Bad Plaas Magistrate’s Court and their case was postponed to 28 July 2016.

Members of the Hawks in Secunda, Mpumalanga had received information about the people who were selling a rhino horn. A swift operation was conducted the five suspects were caught in the act of selling the rhino horn valued at R60 000. Investigations revealed that constable Phakati was the one negotiating with the buyer and used a state vehicle to transport the horn.

The six suspects appeared today (Thursday) at Bad Plaas Magistrate’s Court and their case was postponed to 28 July 2016.

 

Source: South African Police Service

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