PROPHET Jackson Babi, 30, who last week made headlines after being arrested on poaching charges, is set to bring a formal bail application before the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court this Wednesday.
Babi is charged alongside the 25-year-old Friza Dumeni and two other people, Alberto Mbwale and Joseph Matheus who were arrested at the prophet’s house in connection with the poaching of two rhinos. Alberto Mbwale and Joseph Matheus appeared in the Gobabis Magistrate’s court today.
Babi and Dumeni are represented by defence lawyers Kadhila Amoomo and Kalundu Kamwi, respectively.
The state’s allegations are that a farm employee in Gobabis discovered two poached rhino carcasses last Tuesday.
“Follow up investigations led Detectives to Otjiwarongo where a covert operation was conducted and four suspects were found in possession of two rhino horns when they tried to sell them to an undercover police officer. The suspects were arrested including a police officer, who is attached to VIPP Windhoek,” Environment ministry Spokesperson Romeo Muyunda said.
Two rhino horns, a hunting rifle and ammunition were confiscated at the prophet’s house in Kleine Kuppe.
On Wednesday, he will take the stand to testify why he is a suitable candidate for bail. Babi’s followers formed part of a large gathering outside the Windhoek Magistrates court when he made his first appearance on the poaching charges.
Magistrate Linus Samunzala will preside, with Rowan Van Wyk that will be prosecuting.