Sixth rhino slain in NC

2016-05-11 06:00
  A RHINO bull was shot on Saturday evening and its horns removed on the Wintershoek Game Farm about 70 km south of Kimberley. Photo: Charné Kemp

A RHINO bull was shot on Saturday evening and its horns removed on the Wintershoek Game Farm about 70 km south of Kimberley. Photo: Charné Kemp

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EMOTIONS are running high after the poaching of the sixth rhinoceros the past two months in the Northern Cape on Saturday, 7 May.

A rhino bull was shot and its horns removed on Saturday evening on the Winters­hoek Game Farm about 70 km south of Kimberley.

The police and officials of the Department of Nature Conservation and Environmental Affairs have visited the scene to look for clues.

Wiaan van der Linde, president of Wildlife Ranching South Africa and co-owner of Wintershoek, who was injured in a car accident last week, expressed his anger, because “nothing has been done since poaching started in 2008”. He is offering a reward of R200 000 to anyone coming forward with reliable information.

His white rhino bull had apparently been hit with a single shot on its right side. The animal had stumbled a few metres before it collapsed. The horns were presumably removed with a knife.

According to Van der Linde, his rhinos are used to being around humans. The site where the animal was killed is not far from the guesthouses and storerooms on the farm.

Lt. Philani Kwalase, spokesperson for the Falcons, said this had been the sixth incident since April.

“Four rhinos were shot near Kimberley and the horns of two were removed. A fifth was killed near Vanderkloof and some of its horns were poached.”

Van der Linde expressed his concern and said he did not want to point fingers. “We make allegations, because we don’t get answers.”

He said, however, that in the three years since poaching started in the Northern Cape, the police had not solved a single case.

He added that he and other private game owners were willing to offer equipment and assistance to the Department of Nature Conservation and the Environmental Affairs.

At the time of going to the press, no suspects have been apprehended.

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