South African National Parks (SAN-Parks) says it’s in shock following the killing of suspected rhino poaching kingpin, Sydney Mabuza. He was gunned down execution-style in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, on Thursday.

Mabuza was due to stand trial soon on his alleged involvement in rhino poaching.

He was out on R200 000 bail.

Sydney Mabuza’s SUV was found riddled with 17 bullet holes. Mabuza, who was commonly known as Mr. Big in the community, was facing a number of charges, including that of rhino poaching and murder.

Spokesperson for the Kruger National Park Ike Phaahla says, “SAN-parks is shocked by the brazen killing of the suspected rhino poaching kingpin who was due to go on trial soon to face numerous poaching charges.”

The Hawks say their investigation will continue and they are pursuing other suspects.

Meanwhile, in a separate case, a rhino poacher was on Friday sentenced to 23 years in prison by the Skukuza Regional Court.

A manhunt has been launched following the murder of an alleged rhino poaching kingpin: