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poison 41 elephants in Hwange
Dube/Nqobile Tshili, The Chronicle
September 05, 2013
Police in Matabeleland
North have smashed a six- man poaching syndicate with four of its
members based in Bulawayo that allegedly poisoned and killed 41
elephants at Hwange National Park.A total of 17 tusks valued at
about $120 000 were recovered. The gang would allegedly target pools
frequented by elephants at the national park and use salt laced
with cyanide to kill jumbos.
National police spokesperson
Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest of brothers
Sipho Mafu (53) and Misheck Mafu (46) of Thula Line in Tsholotsho,
Alexander Ngwenya (42) of 7654/15 Tshabalala, Farai Chitsa (34)
of A6297 Old Pumula, Nqobizitha Tshuma (25) of 14 Taylor Avenue
in North End and Tinashe Senwayo (22) of 2 Hofmeyer Square also
in North End.
In an interview yesterday,
the officer-in-charge of Tsholotsho Police Station, Chief Inspector
Muyambirwa Muzzah, said the parks game rangers patrolling near Pelandaba
area in Tsholotsho which borders the national park, heard gunshots
on 24 August and made a report to the police.
“They went with
the police to investigate and found two elephants that had been
killed and dehorned. On further investigation, inside the game park,
they found rotting carcasses of dehorned elephants. There were tracks,
made by three people near the animals and they followed those to
the Mafu homestead,” said Chief Insp Muzzah.
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