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Deny bail to alleged Rhino poachers

Deny bail to alleged Rhino poachers

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The Presiding Magistrate, Grahamstown Magistrate's Court
The Presiding Magistrate, Grahamstown Magistrates Court, is respectfully requested to deny bail to:

Forget Ndlovu‚ 40‚ of Pacaltsdorp‚ George‚
Jabulani Ndlovu‚ 38 of Cleonie Crescent‚ Charlo and Sikhumbuzo Ndlovu‚ 37‚ of Motherwell

The three were arrested at a chalet at the Makana Resort in Grahamstown. The arrest was a major breakthrough for officials in their attempt to curb rhino poaching. The following items were recovered during the arrest:
  • One 72 cm rhino horn which had been freshly harvested‚ estimated to be worth about R1.2 million;
  • One darting rifle;
  • Saws and knives;
  • Drugs used to dart animals;
  • Various darts and percussion caps;
    A variety of camping gear and rations;
  • Several cell phones; and
  • Two rental vehicles rented by the suspects.

The suspects have been linked to the recent poaching of a rhino at Buckland’s Private Game Reserve.
The rhino was last seen alive on at about 09:30am on June 17. It is suspected that the rhino was darted. The suspects could possibly be linked to 32 rhino poaching incidents in the Eastern Cape as well as Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. These accused all have the means and ability to flee the country and as such we implore the court to deny them bail pending their trial The accused have been charged with multiple offences and have been implicated in numerous rhino poaching incidents across the country. In terms of Section 60 of the Criminal Procedures Act the state is required to consider the following with regard to granting bail:
1. Whether or not there is a likelihood that the accused, if released, would endanger the safety of the public or an individual, or would commit a Schedule 1 offence,[71] the court takes the following into account:
the degree of violence implicit in the charge;
  • a threat of violence the accused may have made to any person;
  • any resentment the accused is alleged to harbour towards any person;
  • the accused's disposition towards violence as evidenced by his past conduct;
  • the disposition of the accused to commit Schedule I offences, as evidenced by past conduct;
  • the prevalence of a particular type of offence;
  • any evidence that the accused has previously committed a Schedule 1 offence while out on bail; and
  • any other factor.

2. Whether the nature or circumstances of the offence are likely to induce a sense of shock or outrage in the community in which it was committed;

3. Whether his release would undermine or jeopardize public confidence in the criminal justice system;

4. Whether there is the likelihood that the accused will attempt to influence or intimidate witnesses, or conceal or destroy evidence 5. Whether the likelihood that the accused will attempt to evade trial if released

It is the undersigned petitioner’s belief that any one or more of the above are likely to exist should the accused be released on bail and respectfully request the above Honourable Court to deny bail accordingly.
Posted: 13 July 2016 (Updated: 18 July 2016)