Five men and two women aged between 32 and 55 were remanded in custody until 22 May for a formal bail application when they appeared in the Taung Magistrates’ court yesterday. Only one of the accused was granted bail for medical reasons.
The court appearance follows their arrest during a crime intelligence driven operation on Saturday, 13 May. In co-operation with the Vryburg units, the Provincial Task team and Vorstershoop Visible Policing members followed-up information about suspected rhino poaching planned to take place at a game farm near Mokopong.
A firearm silencer, ammunition, .375 rifle and knives were found in their possession. The suspects were arrested on charges of possession of unlicensed fire arm and ammunition and conspiracy to commit a crime.