Rhino poacher sentenced to 6 years
Musa Simango and two of his accomplices were cornered by a ranger in the Kruger National Park.
JOHANNESBURG - South African National Parks (SANParks) says it hopes the sentencing of a rhino poacher to six years behind bars in Limpopo will send a strong message to other rhino killers.
Musa Simango and two of his accomplices were cornered by a ranger in the Kruger National Park in October.
One of the suspects was killed in a shootout while another managed to escape.
On Tuesday, the 19-year-old Mozambican national was found guilty of attempted rhino poaching, unlawful possession of ammunition and trespassing.
SANParks' Ike Phaahla said, "Six years is a long time for anyone who hasn't been in jail before, the judge might have been a little lenient in this instance, but we are happy that at least there's a conviction."
Meanwhile, two suspected rhino poachers are on the run following a shootout with rangers in the park on Saturday, while a third was shot dead.
On Thursday, two three-day-old rhino carcasses were found at the park.
An autopsy on the carcasses later revealed one of the rhino died from a bullet wound to the ribs.
The dead rhino are just two of the 548 rhino that have fallen victim to poachers this year.