Former cop and alleged rhino poaching kingpin rearrested for 2010 homicide

  • A former policeman and alleged kingpin of a rhino poaching syndicate in Mpumalanga has been rearrested.
  • The arrest is related to a physique that was discovered floating within the Bushbuckridge Dam in Limpopo. 
  • Earlier this yr, the homicide docket was handed over to Mpumalanga’s specialised monitoring group.

A former policeman and alleged kingpin of a rhino poaching syndicate in Mpumalanga, Joseph “Huge Joe” Nyalunga, is behind bars as soon as once more. 

On Tuesday, the Hawks within the province arrested the 56-year-old man and one among his well-known henchmen, Elvis Mulimi, 50, for the homicide of a person in 2010. 

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In 2010, info brought on the police to imagine that Nyalunga and Mulimi might need been concerned within the homicide of 36-year-old Willy Shipalane. When Nyalunga was questioned concerning the Shipalane’s disappearance, he made sure admissions and identified a number of scenes. It was then that the physique of a dull man was discovered floating within the Bushbuckridge Dam in Limpopo.

On the time, the 2 males had been arrested, appeared in court docket in Middelburg and had been granted bail. 

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The case was postponed quite a few occasions and ultimately “disappeared” from the court docket roll, a dependable supply informed Information24. It was solely lately that the case got here to the fore once more. 

Rhino horns

When Nyalunga was arrested in 2012 throughout a sting operation in Hazyview – associated to a separate matter involving the acquisition of rhino horns from a police informant – officers discovered a digicam in his home. 

Footage of an individual tied to a chair, who had allegedly been assaulted, had been discovered on the digicam. 

On the time the police suspected that it may be Shipalane within the photos. Later, nonetheless, it was established that it was not him. 

In April this yr, the homicide docket was handed over to Mpumalanga’s specialised monitoring group to observe up on.

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In response to Captain Dineo Sekgotodi, spokesperson of the Hawks within the province, this newest investigation proved extra profitable and led to the rearrest of Nyalunga and Mulimi. 

On Wednesday, they briefly appeared within the White River Justice of the Peace’s Court docket.

The case was postponed to 28 July for a proper bail software.

Police had been by no means in a position to set up what occurred to the person within the pictures on the digicam or set up his whereabouts.