Rhino poachers get 25 years

Three convicted rhino poachers have been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment each. The judge in the Makhanda (Grahamstown) High Court in South Africa handed down the sentences to 40-year-old Forget Ndlovu, 38-year-old Jabulani Ndlovu and 37-year-old Skhumbuzo Ndlovu (pictured).

They faced more than 50 charges related to the poaching of 13 rhinos across the Eastern Cape.

The public gallery in the courtroom was packed as Judge Jeremy Pickering read out his sentence.

During the trio’s arrest in June 2016, police recovered a freshly harvested rhino horn to the value of R1.2 million. Police also confiscated two vehicles, drugs used to dart animals, saws, knives and camping gear.

Police Spokesperson Captain Khaya Tonjeni says there have been no incidents of rhino being darted in the province, since the so-called Ndlovu gang was arrested.