Lephalale Farmer-poacher fined R1 million

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 Wealthy Limpopo game farmer and illegal rhino poacher – Freitas Antonio Xavier (57) – has been sentenced by the Lephalale Regional Court to a R1-million fine or 10 years imprisonment.
All photos: SAPS

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, said he is “elated” by the sentence meted out on Monday 7 May 2018.

The sentence comes from a January 2017 case investigated by the SAPS’ Endangered Species Unit.

SAPS said in a media statement that it was thanks to “the meticulous detective work” carried out by this unit that ensured the accused ended up pleading guilty to the charges.

SA People