THREE men found with a rhino horn are to spend time in jail until their next appearance in the Makhado magistrate court next week.
Deon van Deventer (48), Nick van Deventer (51) and Onwand Muchagowa (34) appeared briefly before court on Monday. Their case was remanded until next week for formal bail application.
Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the suspects were arrested last week in Louis Trichardt after a police chase. During the chase, the suspects discarded an object from the moving car, which was later found to be a wrapped rhino horn.
The Democratic Alliance in Limpopo picketed outside the court opposing their bail application.
DA provincial spokesperson on environment, Langa Bodlani, said they decided to picket to show their ignition against rhino poaching.
“We stand firmly with everyone against rhino poaching because it is killing our environment and also killing our economy. We decided to picket in order to express our anger,” said Bodlani.
“We are happy with the court outcome because the accused were remanded in custody. They are going back to the holding cells. We are hoping that they get a harsh sentence because it will serve as a lesson to other perpetrators,” he said.
The trio will appear again before Makhado magistrate court on January 25 for bail application. They are charged with illegal possession of rhino poaching.