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Rhino poaching suspect ‘Mr Big’ killed in a hit

2021-06-18 10:40:00 PM

Rhino poaching suspect ‘Mr Big’ killed in a hit

Before dying under a hail of bullets on Thursday, so-called Mpumalanga rhino poaching kingpin Petros “Mr Big” Mabuza (57) instilled fear wherever he went.

According to Jamie Joseph, the director of Saving the Wild, who has been working closely with police to get Mabuza arrested and convicted for rhino poaching, the man from Hazyview lived a lavish lifestyle. “He has been throwing illegal parties which, according to someone in regular attendance, included naked women dancing on the tables, class A drugs on the bar dished out like canapés and armed guards at the entrance,” Joseph said.

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The loaded man he was, Mabuza allegedly owned houses – from Hazyview, White River and Mbombela.Mpumalanga police are on the trail of Mabuza’s killers.Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, the provincial police spokesperson, said Mabuza was sitting in his double-cab Ford Ranger on Thursday in Hazyview when three armed men in a black VW Polo opened fire on him in broad daylight, before fleeing.

READ: Reptiles falling prey to poachers“He was rushed to hospital where he later succumbed to the gunshot injuries. During the shooting, an elderly woman passerby, also became a victim as she too was shot on her lower body but she is recuperating in hospital,” Hlathi said. headtopics.com

The motive for Mabuza’s killing was still unknown, Hlathi said. According to those who knew “Mr Big”, it will not be easy to pinpoint why he was a marked man because he had “multitudes of enemies” as he had interest in various “businesses”.Beside his alleged involvement in the lucrative illicit rhino horn trade, he was also rumoured to be commanding and sponsoring cash-in-transit heists.

He was a bully at the rank and his profile is really, really badLocal resident“Another thing, he was a loan shark who confiscated people’s houses and cars. Even in the taxi business, he was a bully at the rank and his profile is really, really bad,” said a local resident.

The person said Mabuza started from “rock bottom, playing dice”, before he ventured into more illegal and serious businesses.He was facing two rhino poaching charges in the Mpumalanga High Court. In one case he was out on R250 000 bail, He was charged alongside two accomplices. In another case he was out on R90 000 bail. He was arrested with five accomplices. Mabuza was first arrested in 2018.

Saving the Wild’s Joseph said had Mabuza lived long enough, he would not have been convicted because the courts in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, where his operation had extended, were “captured”.READ: Kruger Park needs to get rid of its racist past headtopics.com

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“A successful conviction with a strong sentence would have sent a powerful message to other rhino poaching traffickers that government is serious about cracking down on wildlife crime – but they are not,” she said.“Mabuza was a ruthless killer and stole the lives of many humans and rhino. And he got away with it for so long because of his political allies. We’re down to the last of the rhino and President Cyril Ramaphosa has never acknowledged the crisis,” she added.

Joseph was allegedly threatened by Mabuza and his henchmen during one of his court appearances.Lieutenant Colonel Leroy Bruwer, of Mpumalanga Hawks, who was investigating rhino poaching cases, was assassinated on March 17 2020. The criminals waylaid him as he drove to work from his home in Sabie to Mbombela.

He was killed after he had testified in one of rhino poaching court cases. Read more: City Press »

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A win for team rhino🥂 Crime doesn't pay How can you want justice for the person who in return has apparently killed lots of people and rhinos and they are still waiting for justice also Amen🙏 Ake sikhuz'uShezi! Tears of Rhinos did not fall down To that hitman Well done. Another criminal bites the dust. I just wonder whats the secret behind rhino hones

Ain't so big now... Rhino killer killed in a hit?

Mr Big: Hazyview rhino poaching kingpin gunned down, suspects soughtSydney Petros Mabuza was shot in broad daylight in Hazyview, authorities confirmed. Whose cleaning up

Rhinos got their revenge It is bad killing a man like that. They should have just cut of his horn and leave him be. Like with a Rhino. The animals will be happy today..... Killed by his Master-z. Ga tsuputse molomo wa ntshosa. I'm sho he was close with david mabuza....just saying So what. Got what was coming to him!

This guy thought he was untouchable just by looking at him Got a taste of his medicine....

Kruger National Park rhino poacher gets 23-year sentenceThree rhino poaching suspects have been arrested in separate incidents in the past seven days in the Kruger National Park. Why feed them for 23 years - there is a cheaper and quicker option. I know we’ll have a lot of takers to assist in the punishment Feed them to the rhinos

Now l want to know who had him killed? Any relations to the Black cat? 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 💯🎉

Kruger National Park rhino poacher gets 23-year sentenceHe was found guilty of being an illegal immigrant, trespassing in a national park, possession of a firearm with the intention to commit a crime... possession of a dangerous weapon, hunting and being in possession of six rhino horns. Interested and ready to invest in forex trading and bitcoin mining send a dm straight away...I assure you of $10000 in 2 months Illegal immigrants in SA a critical problem in every way. Our government must act on this issue.Even now with Covid crisis:no border control,no repatriation,no management of foreigners whatsoever.More than 30% SA'ns are jobless, 50 000 homeless in Gauteng alone, yet that is OK? Fair punishment!

Alleged rhino poaching kingpin killedAlleged rhino poaching kingpin Petros Sidney Mabuza was shot dead in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, on Thursday. Joschka soy hypo ep d w gb o Awesome news Rhino poaches lives dont matter.

Rhino poaching kingpin gunned down in HazyviewMabuza, who was known as Mshengu and Mr Big in the community, was facing a number of charges, including rhino poaching and murder. Lesele I just want to say thank you to JAmSRcharD I was nobody in the pass until a friend of mine introduced me to you I never thought I could make money online but it's clearly real thanks you I think the put south Africans 1st cult members would be like this criminal must be a foreigner,our locals don't do poaching,dont murder it's foreigners,but the truth is that we got lots of gruesome,violent black criminals in this country,hostels is home

Mr Big: Hazyview rhino poaching kingpin gunned down, suspects soughtSydney Petros Mabuza was shot in broad daylight in Hazyview, authorities confirmed. Whose cleaning up