Poacher gets 23 years sentence as KNP arrests more suspected poachers


South African National Parks (SANParks) has welcomed the sentencing of a rhino poacher to a total of 23 years in prison for rhino poaching and other offences by the Skukuza Regional Court prosecuting team.

Alsony Alberto Valoyi, an illegal immigrant from Mozambique, pleaded guilty in the Skukuza Regional Court to six rhino poaching related charges after he was arrested inside the Kruger National Park (KNP) in November 2016.

Meanwhile three rhino poaching suspects have been arrested on separate incidents in the past seven days at Lower Sabie section of the Park, SANParks said on 18 June.

The Managing Executive of the KNP, Gareth Coleman has congratulated all the teams involved in the arrests and successful conviction of suspects saying “in the last seven days we have noticed 25 poaching activities indicating the relentless onslaught that is being waged against our natural heritage by criminal syndicates. We are grateful to have colleagues who are equal to the task of protecting our fauna and flora and continue to call on our communities to match the efforts of the Rangers for us to defeat these criminals. We thank the tourists who assisted in one of the arrests and encourage everyone to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities”.

SANParks expressed shock and disbelief at the brazen killing of a suspected poaching Kingpin, Petros Sidney Mabuza, in Hazyview on Thursday, 17 June 2021 in broad day light. He was due to face trial soon in connection with a spate of rhino poaching cases but was shot dead. Reports say his Ford Ranger was struck by at least 17 bullets.