Trial date set for poaching kingpin

Alleged poaching 'kingpin' Dumisani Gwala confronts a TimesLive photographer after appearing in the Ngwelezana Magistrate's Court on Friday. With him is co-accused Aubrey Dlamini. PHOTO: Thuli Dlamini/ Tiso Blackster

AFTER 16 postponements in two years it seems as if the case against alleged rhino poaching kingpin Dumisani Gwala, is finally making headway.

Last Thursday Gwala, together with his co-accused Wiseman Makeba and Aubrey Dlamini, appeared in the Ngwelezana Regional Court where their case was postponed to 9 to 12 October for trial.

According to a source, many witnesses will take the stand during to testify.

Gwala, Dlamini and Makeba face a combined 10 charges relating to the illegal purchase and possession of rhino horn‚ and of resisting arrest.

They were arrested in December, 2015 after a sting operation in which rhino horn was bought.

At the time of their arrests, Gwala was believed to have been involved in about 80% of the illegal rhino horn trade in KZN.

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