Rhino poaching syndicate nabbed in Pretoria

first_img23 September 2014 – The Hawks have arrested a suspected rhino poaching ringleader and his nine accomplices for their alleged involvement in a string of rhino- poaching and related activities in the country.The arrest was made in an intelligence-led operation conducted in four provinces. The ringleader was arrested in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court on Monday while appearing on a separate rhino poaching-related case, according to Hawks head, Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat.“The team arrested the other members of this criminal group simultaneously in Polokwane in Limpopo, Ficksburg in the Free State, Potchefstroom in the North West and in Montana, Mamelodi and Kameeldrift in Gauteng,’ Dramat said.The syndicate – the members of which are aged between 30 and 50 – mainly operated in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Gauteng, and KwaZulu-Natal.The group is alleged to have contributed to the brutal slaughter and mutilation of 24 rhinos in state and privately owned game reserves.Dramat said only two of the 24 rhinos that had been attacked had survived, but they were dehorned after they had been darted.The killings took place between 2008 and 2012.“The 34 horns were either stolen or obtained through other devious means. In total, the syndicate illegally obtained 84 rhino horns and killed 22 rhinos valued at nearly R22- million,’ said Dramat.The 10, which include a police officer and a lawyer, will appear in the Magistrate’s Court in Hatfield, Pretoria, on Monday on rhino poaching-related charges including theft, fraud, malicious injury to property, attempting to defeat the ends of justice, racketeering, money laundering, intimidation, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. The case was postponed to Monday for a bail application.last_img read more

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Here is your horoscope for the day: August 25, 2014

first_imgARIESThings happen slowly at work and you tend to lose patience. Spiritual pursuit leads you to higher levels of consciousness. Mood swings are on the cards! Your social connections prove to be scintillating. Take care of health problems. Children demand attention. Lucky number 8. Colour green.TAURUSYou enjoy love, friendship and the good things of life as you share hospitality and luxury with friends and family. Your associates and connections bring goodwill and support. A new opportunity for expansion in work proves to be a professional challenge. Lucky number 4. Colour yellow.GEMINIThe Magus blesses you with the gifts of communication, bringing movement and change. Communications can be expected. You are able to express feelings to the one you love. You find answers to most problems when you focus on them with intelligence and alacrity. Lucky number 1. Colour blue.CANCERThe Queen of Cups brings emotions and relationships into focus. Established family bonds need reassurance as certain individuals create rifts. You need to budget your expense. You can be dreamy in personal relationships. Avoid over indulgence in any aspect. Lucky number 5. Colour blues.LEOYou may have your head in the clouds and lightness in your step that give your state away. You make a lasting impact on people around you. Personal relationships develop in a positive way. You draw a lot of attention at a meeting while expressing new ideas. Lucky number 11. Colour yellow.VIRGOYou are dynamic and assertive in professional matters, bringing clarity and action into confused situations. Romance paves the way to lasting commitments. This is a good time to express your opinions; they will be well received by people in positions of control. Lucky number 4. Colour reds.advertisementLIBRAYou are appreciated for mastery over your craft as you achieve success. You make subtle maneuvers to manage finances and people. Your insight into investments and intuition in relationships can be trusted. Loving care brings back the romance in a relationship. Lucky number 14. Colour blue.SCORPIOYou could be tense and stressed as too many ideas interfere with each other and cause chaos. You tend to waste energy in details, causing neglect of what is vital. Don’t allow bad moods to affect your clarity, as they are temporary. Relationships are loving. Lucky number 8. Colour white.SAGITTARIUSYou manage finances and practical affairs with subtlety and dexterity to meet targets. Intellectual activity can be rewarding as you finish projects and look at expansion. Youthful energy allows you to indulge in sport and take a twirl in the social whirl. Lucky number 4. Colour blue.CAPRICORNOverreactions at work and emotional outbursts at home may be unnerving. You tend to go over the top and indulge in food, drink and work. Observe balance in all areas or chaos will result. There is too much going on, so keep a clear perspective today. Lucky number 7. Colour silver blue.AQUARIUSThe Moon brings a karmic situation to the fore as you are faced with a difficult choice. Business and finances can go through a temporary low which needs to be taken in your stride. You finally come out of tough situations without doing too much about it. Lucky number 18. Colour grey.PISCESThe creative mind finds many a solution to a difficult problem at work. You are original and innovative in a prestigious project that brings fame and fortune. Brain and brawn is available to you for achieving goals. You are a whirling force of activity. Lucky number 1. Colour green.last_img read more

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