2 Vic Falls poachers denied bail

A picture taken on February 23, 2012 shows elephants killed by poachers at the Bouba Ndjidda National Park in northern Cameroon, near the border with Chad. Clashes between Cameroonian troops and ivory poachers in the northern Bouba Ndjidda reserve have killed a soldier and a smuggler and left four wounded, local officials said on March 8, 2012. "These past few days, there was fighting between our soldiers and smugglers at Bouba Ndjidda," said a regional administrative official close to the case, who asked not to be named. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

THE two Victoria Falls men accused of poisoning and killing 13 elephants using cyanide powder-laced oranges in the Hwange National Park have been denied bail and remanded in custody to the end of this month.

By Nokuthaba Dlamini

Zwelitsha Tshuma (37) of Jambezi under Chief Shana and Steward Msipha (47) from Jabula village under Chief Mvuthu yesterday appeared before Victoria Falls magistrate Lindiwe Maphosa, who denied them bail amid fears they would interfere with investigations.

According to the State, sometime between October 5 and 12 the pair went to Musikili communal area and Ngwengwe Springs and poisoned 13 elephants with cyanide powder.

The accused together with their alleged accomplice, Shepherd Siwela, still at large, dehorned four of the elephants and took away the tusks.

The tusks which weighed 75,7kg were later recovered and the accused were found in possession of the cyanide. The total value of the slain elephants was $650 000.

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  1. let them get stiffer penalties

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