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333 rhinos killed in 2010

2011-01-12 20:05

Johannesburg - A total of 333 rhinos were killed and dehorned countrywide in 2010, SA National Parks (SANParks) said on Wednesday.

The highest incidence of poaching took place in the Kruger National Park (KNP) with 146 rhinos killed, spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli told Sapa.

The North West province followed with 57 rhino deaths, and Limpopo closely behind with 52.

KwaZulu-Natal was at the bottom of the list with only 38 reported rhino killings last year.

Thakuli said 162 people linked to poaching the animals had been arrested.

"You see, the investigation takes a bit of time and many cases are still pending. We expect prosecutions soon."

He said authorities were intensifying their efforts to clamp down on poachers in South Africa.

Last year five poachers caught in the act were shot by the authorities while in the first month of 2011 the figure stood at six - five in the KNP and one in the North West province. January 2011 has so far seen five rhino killings in the country - two in the KNP, two in Limpopo, and one in the Eastern Cape.

Comments
  • Zinki - 2011-01-12 20:26

    That is shocking! They really need to get to the bottom of this and stop it! The only way is to shoot the poachers on sight as they now do in Kenya. Then they need to find out who the middle man/men are here in SA.

  • Hungwe - 2011-01-12 20:27

    Absolutely disgusting but do the likes of Julius Malema even know what a rhino is - he'd probably give all of them to his Asian mates.

  • John - 2011-01-12 20:30

    WTF.............This is horrific. When will the politicians step in and show a will to stop this? Perhaps high powered people are behind this and therefore the no one wants to step on toes? In the meantime Rhino,s are and will continue to be slaughtered.

      To The Point - 2011-01-12 20:53

      All South Africans should be ashamed that 333 Rhinos were killed - where are these useless ministers of environment and tourism and why have, they allowed this to happen. If they would get off their FAT lazy butts and start caring for the environment, our natural resources and wild life and stop being paid for failing in their duties, living in palaces and driving huge cars and get paid FAT salaries to match their obese bodies and forced to do their jobs. Make them patrol the reserves. What a useless lot. I would not have them walk my dog. They should not be in portfolios of importance taking care of our natural resources or tourism. You lot are personally responsible for every Rhino murdered in this country - I hope your children realise this. The only successful thing that Martinus did was crossing the floor in parliament. Eisch you

      Zinki - 2011-01-13 05:52

      @To the point. Maybe these fat ministers have a share in the poaching business. That is why nothing is being done about it. I would not be surprised if that was the case.

  • ShaunSwindon@24.com - 2011-01-12 20:49

    This figure is all lies and is very misleading for good reason :( A very close friend of mine works in the Umfolozi game reserve in Natal and JUST IN THAT RESERVE they lost 269 Rhino in 2010. That figure is from one reserve! We need a real audit to get to the bottom of what is really going on. With corrupt people in custodianship of our wildlife what can we expect?

  • To The Point - 2011-01-12 20:50

    South Africans should be ashamed that 333 Rhinos were killed - where are these useless ministers of environment and tourism and why have, they allowed this to happen. If they would get off their FAT lazy butts and start caring for the environment, our natural resources and wild life and stop being paid for failing in their duties, living in palaces and driving huge cars and get paid FAT salaries to match their obese backsides and be forced to do their jobs only then things will change. Make them patrol the reserves. What a useless lot. I would not have them walk my dog. They should not be in portfolios of importance taking care of our natural resources or tourism. You lot are personally responsible for every Rhino murdered in this country - I hope your children realise this. The only successful thing that Martinus did was crossing the floor in parliament. Eisch you

  • Jan - 2011-01-12 21:14

    The best comment I have heard so far is for the relevant government officals to put pressure on the Asian countries where the main buyers/consumers are. But will they/are they?

      Kaizo - 2011-01-12 21:44

      @Jan yeah cause we all know how effective politician can be when they put pressure on other governments... in a heart beat the matter is sorted out, cause they care so much about the animals woweee!. What planet are you living on mate? just look at Australia and the whole Asian whaling situation...if the people left it to the governments the whales would be extinct already.

  • Terry Bengis - 2011-01-12 21:17

    It just amazes me that we can send our Army to all sorts of countries in Africa to do whatever they do there, yet we cant defend what is ours from a bunch of spineless cretins. So its good to see that at last what they've been doing to our Rhinos is at last being done to them, well done to the anti poaching guys in the Kruger! Terry Bengis

      Garden_Route - 2011-03-22 14:58

      Terry Bengis is a conman of the highest order. This oke is worse scum than the poachers.

  • Joy - 2011-01-13 08:04

    and only 5 poachers have been shot - 5/333 - come on Rangers - we can do better than that !

  • kalabafazi@24.com - 2011-01-13 09:30

    The Kruger Park covers almost 19 000 square kilometers. Even if there were 10 000 rangers patroling (which I doubt) that means that each one would have to cover an area of just under 2 square kilometers. This would have to be done 24 hours a day 7 days a week often in thick bush. The odds are stacked against the rangers being able to stop the poachers

  • Shannon - 2011-02-04 12:36

    I rate the army should come make an impact, scare the kak outta these sick crackhead poachers or wipe them off the planet, the politicians are lazy they make decisions not hack through bushes but even though noone will care if the poachers are tortured to death the government will moan, bunch of shit. They probably involved, but this is like national product (tourism) and national heritage that deserves military securement. Ne?

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