Five rhino poachers shot dead

2011-01-11 22:55

Mbombela - Five rhino poachers have been shot dead in the Kruger National Park since Saturday.

Three of them were shot dead on Tuesday morning shortly after 06:00 during a shoot-out with rangers in the Pretoriuskop area.

The other two were shot dead on Saturday in the north of the game park, near the Mozambique border. Three of their accomplices fled over the border fence.

According to information obtained confidentially by Beeld, no fewer than ten poachers have been killed in the park over the past five months.

The latest incident was sparked when rangers heard a shot being fired between Pretoriuskop and the Phabeni gate on Tuesday morning.

They discovered a trail of blood, presumably that of an injured rhino, and followed it.

They found three suspected poachers, one of whom was armed with a .303 rifle.

The poachers were apparently also following the trail of blood.

Shot during skirmish

Shots were fired at the rangers when they tried to arrest the poachers. During the ensuing skirmish, all three suspects were shot dead.

Among other things, torches, pangas and bloodied axes were found in their possession.

The rangers are still searching for the injured animal.

In another incident on Saturday morning in the Lower Sabie area, five poachers were discovered a few kilometres from the Mozambique border as they were presumably on their way back to Mozambique.

Two of them were shot dead during the ensuing shoot-out and the other three fled across the border.

Two rhino horns, and a .458 hunting rifle were found with the dead poachers.

In 2010 no fewer than 333 rhinos were killed for their horns in South Africa. Of that number, 323 were white rhinos and 10 were black rhinos.

Last year 146 rhinos were shot in the Kruger National Park.

R175 000 per horn

Over the past few months the trend has increasingly been to poach rhinos in the north of the game park, near the Mozambique border.

It's easier for the poachers to shoot the animals there and then slip across the border.

Poachers are apparently also paid far more for the rhino horns in Mozambique, a source who prefers to remain anonymous told Beeld.

In South Africa, a poacher is reportedly paid between R25 000 and R30 000 for a horn, while in Mozambique payments can reach up to R25 000 per kilogram.

An adult rhino's horn weighs about 7kg.

Oubaas Coetzer, police spokesperson at Skukuza, confirmed the two shooting incidents in which five poachers were shot dead.

He says 68 poachers have been caught in the game park over the past 12 months.

He referred all other questions about poaching to SANParks.

Five this year

Reynold Thakhuli, spokesperson for SANParks, says the onslaught against rhinos in the game park is growing by the day.

With the new year only 11 days old, five rhinos have already been poached in South Africa. Two of these were in the Kruger Park.

Information obtained confidentially says several rangers have received death threats over the past year.

In at least two cases, messages were found with the carcasses of dead rhinos.

Rangers apparently also received SMSes and messages on their cellphones.

In one case, a letter was left on the carcass, and in another, the death threat was written in the ground near the carcass.


  • GT - 2011-01-11 23:05

    EXCELLENT WORK by the rangers!! Could I suggest some lead poisoning to the gang leaders and Asia buyers who are the real problem

      HadEnuf - 2011-01-11 23:19

      Yes, I second what you have said. The lowly poachers as you say are not the real problem (like the illicit gold miners), but killing them (the poachers, not the miners) is a bloody good way to start getting to grips with the poaching.

      Neso - 2011-01-12 06:55

      Absolutely. It's the tip of the iceberg that needs to be taken out. However, this is perhaps the best news of the year. Shoot on sight - saves us all a stack of expense and eliminates the risk of evading legal processes.

      Jay - 2011-01-12 08:04

      Fantastic, best news ive heard in a while!

      Tokkie - 2011-01-12 08:10

      Great work i agree - BUT now they still need to shoot atleast another 500 of the low down bastards - and of course the ring leaders living a life of luxury MUST also be shot. The Gov. should pay the rangers R25 000 for every poacher shot, and we will get rid of the rubbish a lot quicker.

      Johnny - 2011-01-12 08:20

      ....only five..?? ...kill the bastards....!!!

      Tieneke - 2011-01-12 08:31

      5 bullets well spent! Well done boys!

      adeklerk - 2011-01-12 08:49

      @wernerKwane - I have read that they are investigation poisoning the rhino horn....not to the point of killing the user though!

      Mikemcc - 2011-01-12 11:51

      @flee, since the end user that will die is most likely in Asia somewhere I think they will have a hard time even tracing where the poison came from, let alone which rhino. As I understand it, the rhino horn is a key ingredient of many traditional medicines over there which would complicate the identification of the poisoned compound, it is more likely that the healer that produced the meds will be charged and summarily executed. All in all a winning formula if you ask me.

      Flee - 2011-01-12 12:36

      Mikemcc... Please dont get me wrong I would just as easily shoot the end user as the Poacher... I just think it would be more painful, emotionally, and physically my way.. maim the person for life, make it hell fr them to live and procreate... Hurt them like some rhino's are hurt when they cant be found ofter being shot...

      Mj - 2011-01-12 13:43

      Sicko, you are just as bad as the poachers. I can imagine you are not innocent as well

      TheWasp - 2011-01-12 14:26

      Strange that such a developed and nation, and the powerhouse of the world, full of reasonably intelligent people actually believe that a fucin rhino horn increases sex drive and makes their nob grow. What is the chinese Govt doing to inform their people that it's now crisis time for Rhinos?

      Kaliel - 2011-01-12 14:55

      The corruption in this game runs right up into the Vietnamese and other Asian governments. This will only stop if they take up the issue and clean up their own act in their own countries. The fact that our govt does not have the balls to push this issue hard during intergovernment meetings and threaten these punks means that we are left with the only option of shooting an endless supply of starving poachers instead. I say bomb the Vietnamese embassy to get the message across. That might wake them up.

      gerhardb77 - 2011-01-12 16:25

      GerhardB I hate could help, you would have solved the problem by now.

      Euphoria - 2011-01-12 17:05

      nice one, they should shoot them any chance they get, im getting sick of hearing about these rhino poachings, its sick man! great stuff rangers!!

      Juli Ass - 2011-01-12 21:33

      While they are at it, sommer cut of their "HORNS" as well...

      saffir - 2011-01-13 22:15

      I agree with you GT. Its the Asian market that is to blame. The Chinese seem to be taking over, wanting not only our land but our resources as well. Nevertheless, good work rangers - shoot these batards!

  • lmduplessis - 2011-01-11 23:13


      The Customer - 2011-01-12 08:07

      Yes, I hope the rangers get rewarded for there good work. How about R20 000 per poacher? More? That should put a nice spinn on things...

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-12 09:11

      "Dead or alive, but prefrably dead plzkthxbai"

      The Customer - 2011-01-12 09:38

      Very dead. Or otherwise with his 'horn' cut off.

  • AM Library - 2011-01-11 23:14

    This has become an all out war. Send in our soldiers to assist and protect the rangers and the rhino. More patrols along the Mocambique border should also be instituted. The death threats should not be ignored. This whole thing has got totally out of hand and must be stopped.

      Mr D - 2011-01-12 05:26

      What soldiers, the ones with AIDS? the ones who strike for better pay? C'mon man u must be joking...the storeman in Wingfield army base was telling we he is out of 47"size camo for the troops SIZE 47" WTF...

      ronbonjon - 2011-01-12 08:13

      Yip - we have no soldiers or army they couldnt run 1km if they tried. - 2011-01-12 08:14

      sorry Mr D, but Wingfield is a navy base :)

      swimma - 2011-01-12 08:55 Incorrect, there are also army units based there. But yes, unfortunately our army is not the elite fighting unit that it once was.

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-12 09:12

      It's not even a fighting force anymore.

      Mike - 2011-01-12 11:49 - It matters not whether the base is army, airforce or navy - the stores are out of size 47 cammoflage uniforms - that is it -get the message - it has nothing to do about whether it is an navy - they also stock cammo uniforms. BTW - were you in the armed forces - it appears your knowledge is a bit wonky!

  • Gundaan - 2011-01-11 23:15

    Excellent work ...Zero Tolerance ....keep up the good work to keep the Kruger Park as a world heritage site & use lots of lead on the poachers ...Really we owe it to the world & future generations ....

  • Stefanus - 2011-01-11 23:18

    At last some good news regarding rhino pouching!

  • Roy Mountjoy - 2011-01-11 23:20

    good riddance kill all poachers cut off their 'horns' first! - 2011-01-12 12:32

      Excellent solution

  • TDJ - 2011-01-11 23:25

    Kill them all.

  • Amas - 2011-01-11 23:29

    Give those rangers a Bells!

      Christo - 2011-01-12 07:28

      lol! They should be awarded :) Well deserved! Bravo to the KNP rangers!

  • savetheshark - 2011-01-11 23:34

    What a great story - this should appear in the Good News SA section. I hope they are only the first. Shoot the scum.

      njglen - 2011-01-12 00:23

      How can it be a "great story", yes the poachers got shot dead, not worried about them in the least, but that wont stop more of them hunting these beautiful creatures, and besides it's more than likely they killed the Rhino that they can't find. To top it off 5 have been killed this year alone. I know one of those 5 was on a the Zulu Nyala Game Lodge.

      Blip - 2011-01-12 04:04

      njglen -- there are 5 poachers who will never poach again. That's good! Now the tally of permanently-dead poachers needs to be extended. That would be better.

      Picasso - 2011-01-12 07:25

      Yes, it is good news, but as long as the main buyers keep on demanding horns the demand will never stop and the poaching will continue.

  • joe.delange - 2011-01-11 23:40

    Consider my day made.

  • joe.delange - 2011-01-11 23:45

    I think the root of the matter is the Chinese government's utter indifference to rest of the world and rest of the world's increasing deference to China. They care not at all for HUMAN rights let alone the plight of animals. Mao famously declared the (endangered even then)tiger a "pest". They used to have rhino's of their own. Would that the pharma companies do a better job marketing their wares to this these limp exploiters.

      ebdg3000 - 2011-01-12 05:53

      It's not just the Chinese - rhino horn is also good for local muti people; witchdoctors and sangomas also pay high dollar for the stuff. It's excellent that the Rangers are doing such effective work at ground level but this is just treating the symptom. We need to remove the cause, just as effectively (i.e. shoot them).

      Tembo - 2011-01-12 07:07

      Yes I agree the sangomas are the problem

      Mj - 2011-01-12 13:40

      In the middle east rhino horn and elephant tusks are used for making handles for knives and in india owl parts are used for getting magical powers like harry potter whilst in west wildlife is sourced as pets. The root of the problem is not chinese people. ASSHOLE

  • Tony - 2011-01-11 23:47

    Now this is fantastic news.. if only all murderers and rapists can be treated the same way.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-01-11 23:51

    I'm very disappointed to see that three of the scum got away. Hope they come back soon so that they can be shot dead as well.

  • valleeboi - 2011-01-11 23:51

    It's easy to kill people who kill rhino's (Good Job), but why can't people face the death penalty for killing a human being???? - 2011-01-12 08:15


      alousav - 2011-01-12 10:07

      Sadly a human life is nothing in this society anymore...... but anyhow, good shooting rangers!

      Mike - 2011-01-12 11:52

      Maybe we should be allowed to shoot cabinet members (ministers) as well for their total stuff ups. Like our beloved ZOO-se-Ma who gets off scot free for being a thief of millions

  • Ginseng - 2011-01-11 23:55

    How do three people get shot dead when only one has a gun? It will be very hard to prove self defense and more than likely I suspect at least two of them were shot in the back. I doubt two poachers armed with just panga's rushed towards a group of rangers armed with rifle's in some kind of kamikaze mission. That said I'm sure the police won't bother investigating and they will agree with the consensus on this forum that the men deserved death. Seems a bit harsh to me though.

      cammaratagerardo - 2011-01-12 00:05

      The others had axes. Good riddance. I hope they left their bodies for the lions to feed on.

      phillie - 2011-01-12 01:14

      Please tell me that you are not on the poachers side. Sounds very much as though you are? One did the shooting the others the slaughtering If they don't belong in the park shoot the scum irrespective whether they are coming or going.

      birdman - 2011-01-12 01:25

      A bit harsh!? Hundreds of rhinos killed for their horns. That's more than a bit harsh! You are obviously a "turn-the-other-cheek-anti-death penalty" type of person, which is good. But these five poachers caught in the act of killing magnificent animals deserve exactly what they got. In my book rhino poachers fall into the same category as rapists and murderers!It's about time!

      Kaleidoscope - 2011-01-12 02:16

      300 + Rhinos were killed for their horns! Do you think animals don't feel pain? Besides that do you know how much millions that is? Imagine people stealing millions from your company yearly! Live by the gun, then face the consequences when you are caught, simple.

      ebdg3000 - 2011-01-12 05:57

      Its entirely due to people with attitudes like yours that the world is in the mess it is today: no death penalty, rampaging peadaphilia, extinct animals, etc - you're too moderate, trying to be too fair, hugging too many bunnys. You have to take a stand sometime and say, OK, this is far enough, now we fight back. Wake up.

      seriass - 2011-01-12 07:01


      RJL - 2011-01-12 07:10

      It's simple... whether it's poaching, drug related, war or whatever... In any fight there are two sides, regardless of weapons in hand. If you start shooting at a ranger, you can be pretty sure they're going to return fire and whatever moves will be killed. These are rifle fights, which are mid- to long range. Would you be willing to take the chance of not shooting someone who might be pointing a high powered rifle at your head? I think not. Whether they had rifles, pangas, pea shooters or bare hands is not the issue, self defense is implied and as long as they're standing, they're fighting. If the poachers don't want to die, they should maybe stop poaching.

      wbs777 - 2011-01-12 07:12

      What a total idiot....

      Zion - 2011-01-12 07:20

      Ginseng, you can shoot them anywhere as long as you shoot them dead. These people do not deserve to live because they are less than animals. The rangers should be awarded a Merc or BMW. Three cheers to the bullet.

      Christo - 2011-01-12 07:26

      Agree with RJL. They make their own choice. They should suffer the consequence thereof.

      robertgunning - 2011-01-12 08:19

      @RJL - I agree with you 100%.

      ronbonjon - 2011-01-12 08:23

      RJL - love it, if they dont want to die, stop poaching!

      Thor - 2011-01-12 08:26

      Oh cry me a river... We all know what they were doing there. Kill the lot ... YES PLEASE

      THE PUNISHER - 2011-01-12 08:47

      Who the FCK cares? They should be blown to pieces for only being in the reserwe! What were the poachers doing there in the first place? I will sign up for rhino protection duty anytime and feed those fckers to the crocodiles half alive, make a nice video and send that to the main ring leaders. That might also help to cure their small dick syndrome very quick

      jdeeathome - 2011-01-12 09:01

      make no mistake, the poachers are well organised and are pretty sly, they have as little regard for your life as they have for the animals they butcher for money, they are driven by greed not survival, i am sorry Ginseng but you will have to do with out your rhino horn, may i suggest viagra, perhaps we should shoot the poachers, cut of there willies and send that as a generic replacement to china

      Kyle_logan - 2011-01-12 10:38

      @Ginseng, they lucky, if it was me I would not bother to try arrest them... shoot on sight and shoot to kill. What I'd really like to do though is catch them alive, rip off all their nails and leave them tied to a tree for the animals to finnish them off... the nails can be sent to china as a gift.

      Rolie - 2011-01-12 11:06

      Harsh as it is to you, these poachers are normally all armed with heavy calibre rifles and in bush conditions, especially in the Kruger at this time of the year, it is not easy to determine who is armed and who is not. They are a very desperate lot these poachers and when you are fired on by them you don't ask questions you just fire back. It's called self-preservation.

      sharkbait - 2011-01-12 11:25

      A bit harsh? No, they were killed humanly.. they should've been shot in the stomach and left for the hyena's!

      Kaliel - 2011-01-12 14:49

      What happens in the bush stays in the bush. Comprehende ? Poachers know that once tracked down, there is no way they can outrun the rangers and so those with prior military training often choose to engage instead. They know that they only have to wound one ranger and their chances of getting away improve dramatically.

      Vigorous - 2011-01-12 15:20

      Ginseng - I think you are one of the three assholes that got away, that's why it seems harsh to you!!!

  • Piecasso - 2011-01-12 00:26

    At last somebody is seeing the light ! And a few has met Satan in Hell ! Cheers guys ! Happy arrival in hell. Jesus will convey my regards to you.....

      Abuti - 2011-01-12 01:05

      lol, hahahaha, piecasso you forgot to mention that satan will throw them a welcome party on their arrival

      Wernerkwane - 2011-01-12 06:52

      Trust an A$$hole like sanodn to turn this into a religious debate.

      seriass - 2011-01-12 07:12

      sanodn have some respect. just coz u dont believe doesnt mean the rest of us dont. youre entitled not too but dont trash other beliefs. tool!

      Zion - 2011-01-12 07:23

      So jesus will convey your regards in hell??

      Epicurius - 2011-01-12 07:37

      @ Wernerkwane - the A$$holes are Piecasso and Abuti for smugly assuming the motives and routines of their imaginary friends & enemies are, firstly, something everybody else believes in and, secondly, that they are even true in the first place. They are clearly the ones who brought religion into this...sanodn simply called them out for it with some simple, but clearly, denial-inducing, facts. It is the typical modus operandi of opportunistic christians to bring their religion into discussions like this and sanodn simply highlighted this to them.

      rmarkram - 2011-01-12 08:27

      @Epicurius - Are you a non believer? If so then shut the hell up and keep your opinion for yourself

      Epicurius - 2011-01-12 09:33

      @ rmarkam - so typical of a religious nut to simply demand silence from anybody with a differing opinion. It is people such as yourself who are the reason religion has the reputation it does these days. So let me get this straight...Piecasso presumes he can get his PA, Jesus, to pass on messages to people on his behalf, and Abuti appears to know the devil's social schedule and party planning motives, and this is all in a discussion about Rhino Poaching? Yet you want ME to shut up? Stop turning a blind eye to your fellow faith nuts and keep your mind on the real topic...Rhino Poaching. I like nothing more than a debate with religionists, that I will concede, but let's keep it on the Rhinos in this particular thread OK?

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-12 10:56

      How about bothe the believers and non-believers shut the F*ck up? This is an article about poachers getting killed (YAY!!!), not about that tired old argument.

      Tieneke - 2011-01-12 11:29

      Who really cares where they have gone??????!!!!! They are dearly departed, and will not be able to poach anymore.....

      allie - 2011-01-28 08:18

      And when they arrive up there,they find the devil to be a rabid rhino.

  • witboer - 2011-01-12 00:31

    Best news I've heard in a long time. Good Job rangers, shoot the living crap out of these assholes.

      Wes - 2011-01-12 06:24

      Well they were given a few extra assholes to use

  • KanaMay - 2011-01-12 00:59

    How could the criminals know the contact details (mobile No.) of the game rangers ?!! There must be a mole working with those poachers. - 2011-01-12 08:18

      maybe its a case of " Bite the hand that feed you?"

      Rolie - 2011-01-12 11:10

      Every ranger has a contact number to deal with all queries pertaining to his section in the KNP.

  • Stollie - 2011-01-12 01:17

    For every dead rhino, lets see a dead poacher. Or maybe that's a little extreme? I really don't know, but it can't be right to feel happy that five people lost their lives... but I kinda do.

      RJL - 2011-01-12 07:12

      Extreme? Hardly... A ratio of 5 dead poachers per Rhino sounds better to me, then 50:1... then 500:1. Until they realize that we're not going to allow them to wipe out a species for a quick buck.

      Christo - 2011-01-12 07:23

      Don't think of them as people. People should be able to feel for other living beings. They are destroying one of our great animals and should be killed on site! Putting them in jail for x years won't help as they can just go back to poaching after their release. Permanent solution is needed.

      Zion - 2011-01-12 07:25

      Tis the season to be jolly. Tra-la-la

      Thor - 2011-01-12 08:27

      One Rhino 10 poachers... One poucher one bullet.

  • Mostly - 2011-01-12 01:54

    Not exactly fitting the job description of 'Game Ranger". Poor okes, why doesn't Bheki Chele have something to say about this? Unusually quiet.

      GT - 2011-01-12 08:19

      actually it is. protection of the countries animal assets and their task is to confront and arrest poachers.

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-12 10:57

      They have a license to ventilate poachers, THUMBS UP!

  • duncan - 2011-01-12 01:55

    Sending in our army! Please, they are resting against a tree with a zol.

      robertgunning - 2011-01-12 08:22

      We have an army?

      Dolphins - 2011-01-12 22:27

      @robertgunning No...apparently we have a navy with boats that have blown fuses.....

  • Blip - 2011-01-12 04:01

    That's a win-win situation with the world permanently rid of this riff-raff and them not being a drain on the taxpayers by having to be jailed and fed and looked after.

  • boertjie - 2011-01-12 04:19

    It was always on the cards that poaching would increase when the mega frontier park was created...... How many of the poachers come from or flee accross the border?

      Christo - 2011-01-12 07:20

      Yep, I think that was a stupid idea. They need to close the border to protect the animals from the animals that side of the border. I also think there should be a shoot to kill policy for poachers...get rid of the scum. We don't need them and the rhinos certainly don't either.

      durbsviking - 2011-01-12 08:13

      It has nothing to do with the Transfrontier Park. The fences are still up over 95% of the border (I drove the entire border in October last year). The fence is just that - wire and poles. It stops only animals of the non-human variety. The border is unchanged except for about a 20km area well north of Letaba. The area's poached are on the western border (Pretoriuskop) closer to Malelane. The Lower Sabie area is south and closer to Komatipoort than Mozambique. Lets not pin the blame on the easy target of Mozambique nationals, it is far more complex than that. And rhino horn is not primarily used for erectile disfunction. It is used as a fever control and AIDS medication (all proved false nonethless) but best we get off the simplistic "gives you a hard on" tack as well. All that said - I am glad they are dead. Was in Kruger 3 weeks ago and probably drove the area where they were killed at Lower Sabie.

      brown_bread - 2011-01-12 22:14

      I guess somebody compleely miunderstood the idea of the trnasfrontier park.

  • Kevin Rack - 2011-01-12 04:20

    The European invaders have done more poaching of african wildlife than these blokes. Photographic archives show the Royalscum with piles of Lions, rhgino horns and elephants tusks. I have seen photos of a roayl standing over 20 rhino shot in Cape town last century. We should have compensation from those filthy rich royal scum for the mass slaughter. We are in a terrible sitaution that these devils have now put us in scraping for the last few rhinos that we now have to shoot to kill.

      John Wilderness - 2011-01-12 06:28

      Kevin I fully agree with you european invaders. Shooting Poachers is a hard mearsure to take but at this stage it probably is unfortunately necessary. Poachers are maybe just trying to earn a living for their families but somebody has to draw the line somewhere and maybe some tough measures have to be taken to preserve what is left of african wildlife.

      AJ - 2011-01-12 06:54

      @Kevin, if it was not against the law then a century or more ago, then it was not poaching - for a start. Also the numbers of animals available then would have supported significantly more killings without endangering the overall species. Different times call for different measures. You seem to be anti-hunting generally which is fine. But to equate what 'European invaders' (lol) did back then to what illegal poachers are doing today is ludicrous, regardless of whether you find both acts equally distasteful.

      RJL - 2011-01-12 07:16

      A century ago these animals were not endangered, those were different times and can hardly be compared to today. Poachers can "earn" a living another way, they are CRIMINALS looking to make easy money.

      william.botha - 2011-01-12 07:22

      @Kevin-And your point is?

      ebdg3000 - 2011-01-12 08:16

      Kevin, I agree with you to a certain extent. Following your reasoning, compensation could be sought for many other wrongs by the Imperialists as well, e.g. (and I fully endorse this) for families of the victims who died in British Concentration Camps, and who had their farms destroyed by British troops. But the irony is that many of us owe our presence in this country, and even our very existence, to these invaders - and judging by your name, you may fall into this category?

      Jim - 2011-01-12 08:17

      And the dutch settlers, didn't they have camera's?

      robertgunning - 2011-01-12 08:24

      Always looking for a quick buck hey Kev... Always wanting somebody to pay for something that happened years ago.... Moron.

      Kyle_logan - 2011-01-12 10:50

      Are you admitting to being involved with shooting rhino's? I cant stand the sensiless slaughter that was done in the past but we are changing and if you dont accept that so run into a bullet...

      Mike - 2011-01-12 13:55

      @KevinRack - you a bit of a plonker? How on earth can you equate the slaugther (trophy hunting) and/or to sustain an army of trekkers/soldiers with meat whilst in the front line with these morons who kill for money. What is your pint exactly. The "invaders" were not paid one single cent for hunting.

  • Hungwe - 2011-01-12 04:27

    Brilliant work by the SANPARKS rangers in Kruger, a pity all of those poachers already arrested for rhino poaching can't be lined up against a wall and shot, they are worthless scum and the Vietnamese and Chinese syndicates driving the poaching onslaught against Africa's rhino should be given the same treatment.

      Great White - 2011-01-12 06:40

      I agree with you Hungwe. It's the same situation with the drug pushers. These savages that were killed were just cannon fodder. They will have been replaced already. We need to go much higher up the food chain and take a chainsaw to some yellow mans gonads. It's just a simple case of supply and demand. My hearty concratulations to the Park rangers though. Nice work.

      Annie - 2011-01-12 07:13

      I agree 150% with that!!! Great idea!

      ebdg3000 - 2011-01-12 08:18

      Agree with you absolutely Hungwe - just a daydream, but it would be great if they could set them free with about a 10 minute start and then send in the rangers/army to hunt them down (maybe paint them grey and stick cardboard horns on their heads too ...).

      watalife - 2011-01-12 08:21

      great idea

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-12 11:00

      Feed them to thelions. At least then they'll give back a small part to the park ecology.

      Mj - 2011-01-12 13:34

      I the same for the racists

  • Zinki - 2011-01-12 05:39

    About time they shoot them. No questions asked. No lengthy court cases.

      quack - 2011-01-12 06:32

      good news this, keep it up RANGERS !

  • pig - 2011-01-12 06:29

    Good work 10/10

  • steven.m.armour - 2011-01-12 06:37

    Good work

  • Shorts1 - 2011-01-12 06:46

    The only good poachers are those that are shot dead.

      psjrburge - 2011-01-12 07:17

      Fully agree, lets give the rangers the best weapons around and let them shoot every poacher or suspect on site

  • Coyote - 2011-01-12 06:49

    Well done rangers, keep up the good work. I agree with some posts that the bigger problem is the fools who believe that the horn will do things for them... You gotta start sorting this out somewhere & getting rid of poachers is a might fine way!

      ant 1 - 2011-01-12 07:13

      Spot on

  • Jandré - 2011-01-12 06:55

    Great to see that everyone seems to feel the same way about this! GET THEM ALL!

  • Alwyn - 2011-01-12 06:59

    Maybe the cops must get lessons from yhe rangers at Kruger park on how to deal with criminals,,,wont be possible then the cops would have to kill themselves,they are the criminals

  • Ruth - 2011-01-12 07:02

    one question death threats smsmsed to the rangers how do the poachers know the rangers nos? on ranger being the source of info changed his mind. need to jack the Mozambican border with proper border control and gr8 work shoot to kill correct policy no jail no bail

  • Christo - 2011-01-12 07:03

    Some good news to start the day. Shoot to kill as this seems to be the only way to stop them permanently.

  • Willem G - 2011-01-12 07:03

    "Last year 146 rhinos were shot in the Kruger National Park" - die stat se hekke hang oop en Raka is in...

  • Jakkals - 2011-01-12 07:05

    Ek wonder hoeveel boere is laasjaar vermoor? Ek wonder ook hoeveel plaasaanvallers is geskiet? Baie goeie werk om die diere te beskerm. Hoop net met dieselfde metodes word plaasaanvallers uit die weg geruim.

      ebdg3000 - 2011-01-12 08:19

      Good point Jakkals.

  • Chris - 2011-01-12 07:07

    If they can shoot them why not poison the horn to get rid of the buyers. Breaking news is that the 18 rhino killed in a apparend rhino grave reported on the kruger park border is a houx it never happend thousands of rands have been donated to gouverment towards protecting the rhino hope the money is going where it is needed

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-12 11:03

      They tried something similar to prevent killing of the rhinos. They removed the horn so the poachers wouldn't kill them for the horn, except the poachers killed the rhinos ANYWAY and left a MSG that they should leave the horns on or they'll kill ALL the rhinos regardless. If they start hiding poison in the horns the poachers will just start killing rhinos regardless.

  • Really?? - 2011-01-12 07:09

    So happy to hear this.. next time i hope they catch them, tie them up, cut off there horn and then leave them to die in the sun, with a death threat of course!!

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-12 11:04

      Tie them up against an ant hill, so they'll feed some of the ecology there :D

  • Annie - 2011-01-12 07:12

    FANTASTIC News!!! Well done to the rangers:-) Instad of arresting the rest of those excuse of a human poachers just shoot them too, they won't get what they deserve if they go to jail, nor will they get the time in there that they deserve! Fewer wrong doers in the world!

  • WPWW - 2011-01-12 07:15

    To shoot 3 men dead and only one was armed with a rifle... Sounds like they already have a shoot on sight policy and dont bother about arrest. In the bush its easy to say that the poachers fired first. Its a good start but its the small dicked asians that are the problem.

  • Dan-the-Man - 2011-01-12 07:15

    Well done KNP Rangers!!! Why are the continent with the biggest totties helping the continent with the smallest totties? This baffles me, I'm sure rhino horn doesnt help in anyway whatsoever!? Is there anyhting that asia will not eat or consume for "medicine"? friggin aliens!

      Mj - 2011-01-12 13:32

      As a chinese person i am aggrieved you believe ALL asians use rhino horn for totties.Obviously your past history of apartheid and upbringing has defined you perfectly.Idiot.

      Mike - 2011-01-12 14:13

      @Mj - It is common knowledge that MOST of the horns are sent to the east therefore it must be assumed that the little yellow men are the end users. No-where in the posts does it state that ALL chinese use the horn. You should not jump to conclusinos but read and ingest the articles and posts firstbefore commenting. BUT, we can only guess that the Chinese are the end users as that is where the horns are being sent. Prove me wrong if my statement is incorrect. DO YOU GET THE DRIFT? Or shall I paint you a picture? @Dan-the-Man - it (r-horn) is not believed to help the size (growth) of the penis but in the staying power. If you have witnessed a rhino bull copulating - he can stay on the cow for a good half hour or more. This is where the myth comes in. And so tradition is born. Like the Indians and their festival of lights - that's OK - but of course now it also includes crackers and rockets - "it's our tradition you see".

      durbsviking - 2011-01-12 22:33

      Mike - the horn is NOT used primarily for "tottie top-up". it is mainly used as a fever medication, used for high blood pressure and more recently it is claimed that it can cure AIDS. All of the claims have been proved to be false but to no avail. Here in Africa a lot of our people believe that eating the eyes of a vulture will give you super-vision and allow you to "see" the winning lotto numbers. In north and central Africa they believe that the body parts of albinos have curative powers. In North America they think that you can eat as much as you like and then swallow a tiny pill to get thin. Most of the rhino horn from South Africa is destined for Vietnam.

  • Dan - 2011-01-12 07:17

    Excellent. They should cut of their dicks and leave them in the sun to rot.

      Dan-the-Man - 2011-01-12 07:31

      cut them off, dry them out and sell them to Asia.

  • william.botha - 2011-01-12 07:18

    Simply beautiful.

  • Dan - 2011-01-12 07:21

    Love to see a special task team just focussing on these poachers. Give them 200 soldiers and shoot to kill. If you find someone in the Kruger by foot - shoot him and just leave him there to rot. I also hope those ring leaders caught in Limpopo (the 2 vets and their friends) get serious jail time. I just wonder why there is suddenly such a spike in rhino horn poaching? In the past it was isolated incidents, now it is like a stampede. What is going on?

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-12 11:05

      I'd be happy to see those 2 vets meet some kind of "accident" in jail.

      Mj - 2011-01-12 13:29

      What is going on??? Greedy south african businessmen like to form cartels to corner the market,make an enormous amount of money and prevent competition. A common apartheid colonialistic trick is to then blame the receiver or customer.

      Mike - 2011-01-12 14:16

      Mj - Why are you little yellow men so upset about what you are actually promoting by using the frigging horn in the first place. Your myth about the staying power of using the horm is just that - a myth.

      allie - 2011-01-28 08:29

      Shame,Mi,You must be a very unhappy and oppressed person.What has the ugly white man done to you?Messed up your ego?

  • Will99 - 2011-01-12 07:22

    Well done!!

  • Picasso - 2011-01-12 07:23

    China wants to take over Africa, what will then happen to the rhinos? Afterall they are the main market.

      Mike - 2011-01-12 14:17

      Mj - and the end users are all Chinese - so there. You are such a toss.

      Mj - 2011-01-12 15:51

      End users did not force the poachers to kill rhinos illegally.

      Picasso - 2011-01-12 16:51

      MJ, if there is no demand for the horns poachers won't kill for it, guess who is the dickhead.

  • Dan - 2011-01-12 07:24

    Why are all these kinds of animal slaughtering always linked to the Asian (Japanese/Chinese) countries. Is there something seriously wrong with them? Take rhino horns, shark fins, whales,dog meat, etc. It is always them or for them. Maybe the world should focus on those two countries and stop the problem in those countries. Are they realy civilized societies?

      birdman - 2011-01-12 08:56

      Not to mention our perlemoen (abelone). Tons and tone taken out of the sea until there is nothing left. Our natural resources are being decimated by Chineese backed syndicates, and we seem powerless to stop it.

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-12 11:08

      It's a cultural thing. For more than a Millenium they were ruled by Emperors that demanded ALL the meat from farmers, Beef, mutton, pork (not sure about the mutton, really) fowl ect and left the peasants to fend for themselves, which forced the peasants to find nourishment elsewhere. It went on so long that it just became part of the cuisine (sp?). Same goes for the medicine, i suppose.

      Mj - 2011-01-12 13:24

      Duh its the media that has created the impression its only Asians. If you google you would find Spanish,French,Swedish,Norwegians,Etc.. The slaughtering of rhino is been done by "civilised" wealthy connected and educated south africans just like when apartheid was created. The opium trade was done in a similar way.

      Mike - 2011-01-12 14:20

      Mj - I'll tell you again and agian - you're got a chip on your shoulder - why not just admit that is the East that is promoting the wholesale slaughter of the rhino. Chop.

      Dan - 2011-01-13 06:45

      @Mj. Count on some arsehole to even turn this into a recial issue. Geed heavens boy, get a fricken life.

  • pig - 2011-01-12 07:26

    10/10 they should shoot them in the knee's confiscate there equipment and let the lions do the rest!!!!

      Dolphins - 2011-01-12 22:30

      Not the Lions! The Rhinos!!!!

  • majordad.007 - 2011-01-12 07:28

    Way to go!. I am sorry that I didn't push harder to stop the frontier park, integration. Three countries in economic hard times and a resource rich for plucking (change the pl to ph!!). A recipe of disaster at R 175thou ea. I admire the Rangers!

  • Superdude - 2011-01-12 07:29

    Nice work rangers - lets get these guys to clean up our streets.