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Kruger Park guides accused of poaching

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Kruger Park guides accused of poaching

Two Kruger National Park (KNP) field guides appeared in the White River Magistrate's Court on Thursday for alleged animal poaching in a protected area.

The case against them was postponed for further investigation, said park officials and the police. They refused to release the men's names.

Both will appear in Skukuza Periodic Court on Wednesday when they are expected to bring a formal bail application.

Until then they will remain in custody at Skukuza Police Station.

"As custodians of South Africa's rich natural assets, we... assure the public that we will not hesitate to unleash the full extent of the law on anyone... who is caught poaching in the areas under our control," SA National Parks' (SANParks) chief operating officer Sydney Soundy said in a statement.

One of the field guides was based at the Berg en Dal rest camp and the other at the Skukuza rest camp said KNP spokesperson Raymond Travers.

Their arrests followed an investigation into the discovery of a rhino carcass near Berg en Dal on May 4.

In the course of the investigation a second rhino carcass was found near Skukuza on Wednesday.

Investigator Frik Rossouw told Sapa both sets of horns had yet to be found.

Travers said both guides had been suspended from active duty in the KNP pending the outcome of the court case.

They would also be charged in terms of the SANParks internal disciplinary code, he said. - Sapa