Police crack down on poachers

A dead rhino at the Finfoot Lake Reserve. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG – South African National Parks (Sanparks) says it expects more poachers to be arrested following a crackdown on syndicates this week.

At least seven suspected poachers have already been arrested and four others killed. The latest arrests were made overnight as police swooped in on a village outside Kruger National Park.

Several hunting weapons as well as ammunition have also been recovered.

Sanparks spokesman Ike Phaahla says the arrests are a result of improved intelligence gathering.

“The investigations are still continuing, but there is progress which is being made. Once we improve our intelligence gathering it becomes much easier get to the syndicate.”