Alleged rhino poacher commits suicide

A Limpopo man who was facing charges of illegally selling 36 rhino horns has committed suicide. Tommy...

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Beeld newspaper reported that Fourie shot himself with a hunting rifle while sitting alone on a hilltop near his home at around 7pm.

The police’s Ronel Otto said he was last seen leaving the homestead in the afternoon.

“When he did not return, some of the workers went looking for him. They found him quite a distance from the house with a bullet wound to the head,” said Otto.

Fourie had been due back in court in the new year along with Thabazimbi game farmer Jacques Els who he allegedly sold the 36 rhino horns to.