SANParks staff arrested for rhino horn theft

Three SANParks employees arrested in connection with rhino poaching.

Three South African National Parks (SANParks) employees face criminal charges in connection with rhino poaching at the Kruger National Park according to a report by news24. Two of those arrested are security guards, while the other works with the technical services division at a rest camp.

The employees were arrested on 20 October after they were found in possession of a fresh set of rhino horns. This followed a car chase by law enforcement officers in an extended intelligence-driven operation by SANParks, the SAPS Crime Intelligence Unit, Sabi Sands and Skukuza SAPS Stock Theft Unit.

The three appeared in court on 22 October and will be held in custody until their bail hearing on 29 October.
SANParks reports that in the last quarter, it has arrested 16 suspected poachers inside the Kruger National Park, confiscated seven high-calibre rifles and observed 410 poacher activities. Investigations continue and more arrests are possible.