Putative poachers: bail denied

Leoni Kruger
STEENBOKPAN — Suspicious tracks were noticed on a farm in the Steenbokpan area on 16 January and the tracks of three suspects were followed. Two of the suspects, Juwanita Erick Manganle and David Kubai, were arrested on the scene. According to adjutant officer Jurg van Heerden the tracks of the third suspect were followed well in to the night but after a heavy shower of rain all the spoor were erased.
Van Heerden says during the operation six .375 rounds and three cell phones were found but the suspect who got away was the one carrying the weapon.
Manganle and Kubai appeared in the Lephalale Magistrates court for the third time on Tuesday 31 January for bail application. Van Heerden bore witness that neither of them made any attempt to assist the police in their search for the third suspect, one Thomas, and that it is in the interest of the community that they are not granted bail until the third suspect has been apprehended.
Magistrate Elmien Lewies denied bail until the third suspect is arrested and the case was postponed to 20 February 2017.
Van Heerden thanked all the farmers in the area, the trackers on the farm as well as the members of the Heritage Protection Group (HPF) and Die Spoorsnyers for their help.
The case continues.

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