No bail for poachers caught with Campbell the white rhino’s DNA
Trio try to argue they should be given bail because they have to support their 12 children – but judge won’t budge
Three Eastern Cape rhino poachers convicted of slaughtering the endangered animals and stealing the horns from various farms across the province have begged the Port Elizabeth High Court for bail while they await an appeal.
But Judge Elna Revelas was having none of it, noting that the men admitted they had business and familial links in Zimbabwe, and now that they were facing 25 years in prison each the chances were rather slim that they would come back to face the appeal courts if granted bail.
Jabulani Ndlovu, Forget Ndlovu and Sibusiso Ndlovu were initially involved in 10 separate incidents of rhino poaching in the Eastern Cape between Albany, Jansenville, Graaff-Reinet and Cradock, and were found guilty on dozens of charges. These included theft of a rhino horn, breaching the National Environment Management Diversity Act for killing and drugging the animals, being in possession of prohibited medical substances (such as tranquilisers), and possession of illegal firearms...