Skukuza regional court sentences convicted poacher to 19 years in prison

Simon Mahumbane Lubisi (38) was sentenced Thursday October 14 by the Skukuza regional court after sufficient evidence was presented by the state against him.

On October 26, 2014, a white rhino was killed in the Lower Sabi section.

Rangers from Crocodile Bridge, Lower Sabi and Skukuza who showed up that day were on high alert after this incident, and while patrolling the area they encountered a group of poachers.

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A shooting ensued, resulting in the death of one of the poachers. Lubisi was one of the three people arrested.

The three were released on bail when they appeared in court, but then fled.

After failing to appear in court, arrest warrants were issued against them. A manhunt was launched for these three men, and in 2019 Lubisi was arrested again. His co-defendants are still at large.

Lubisi was put on trial and on Thursday, October 14, the case in Skukuza Regional Court ended when he was found guilty and sentenced.

Accused of trespassing in a national park, he was sentenced to three years in prison. On one count of rhino hunting in a national park, he was sentenced to ten years. He was given five years on one count of conspiracy to commit a felony. Finally, he was sentenced to one year in prison for possession of a dangerous weapon. Therefore, Lubisi was effectively sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Elna M. Lemons