LEPHALALE — Kenny Mthetho (35), a South African citizen and Sam None (34), a Zimbabwean citizen, were each sentenced to 58 years imprisonment in Lephalale Regional Court on Tuesday 20 March. They were sentenced on several charges, including the hunting of protected species (rhino), theft, trespassing, the possession of an unlicensed firearm and the unlawful possession of ammunition.
They were arrested in February 2014.
The sentences were determined as follows:
15 years imprisonment for the hunting of a protected species, 10 years for theft, three years for trespassing, ten years for unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and the selling, supplying or giving permission for the serial number or identity mark being removed, 10 years for the unlawful possession of a firearm and ten years for the unlawful possession of ammunition.
According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena from Lephalale Cluster, the sentences will be served concurrently.
Mthetho and None were apprehended during a joint operation by the police and farmers after they followed footprints and found the hiding place of the duo on the farm. They were found in possession of two rhino horns, a hunting rifle and ammunition.
“The excellent work of all involved in acquiring many years of imprisonment, exclude Limpopo from other Provinces. We congratulate all the teams who were involved in all these cases on a job well done. Their hard work and passion of serving with pride to protect the citizens of this Province has indeed produced fruitful and meaningful results,” said Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba.