The South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed the arrest of four suspects in connection with the brutal rhino poaching incident that took place at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve in Ceres, Western Cape on Wednesday, 8 December.
ARRESTS MADE AFTER INVERDOORN POACHING INCIDENT
SAPS spokesperson Colonel Andre Traut said the four suspects – aged between 27 and 56 – are expected to make an appearance in the Ceres Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 13 December on charges related to poaching following their arrest over the weekend.
“It is suspected that the suspects are responsible for the death of four rhinos and the injury caused to a fifth one on 8 December 2021 on a game reserve in Ceres,” said Traut. He added that two of the suspects also face charges related to the Immigration Act.
“The investigation is still underway and the finer aspects thereof cannot be disclosed at this premature stage,” said Traut to The South African when questioned about how the suspects were linked to the Inverdoor incident.
Searl Derman, the owner of Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve, said they were told that the arrests were made shortly after the incident, in a statement on Monday.
“We are hoping that there is enough evidence and that the court does not release them or grant them bail. Everyone continues to work day and night to solidify their case and to bring all the perpetrators to justice,” said Derman.