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Nearly 200 rhino poached in SA

2012-04-30 22:20

Johannesburg - South Africa has lost 199 rhino to poaching since the beginning of 2012, the department of environmental affairs said on Monday.

"Latest statistics indicate that the Kruger National Park is still the most targeted by poachers with the park having lost a total of 119 rhino from the beginning of this year," department spokesperson Albi Modise said.

In a statement, he said the targeted provinces included Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and KwaZulu-Natal, which collectively accounted for 73 killed rhino.

Thus far, 122 arrests had been made of which 108 were poachers and 14 were either couriers or buyers.

South Africans were urged to report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs that could lead to arrest and prevention of illegal killing to 0800 205 005.

According to the department, in 2010 there were 146 rhino poached in the Kruger National Park and a total of 333 nationally.

Under fire

In 2011, there were 252 rhino poached in the Kruger National Park and 448 nationally.
On Saturday morning, a policeman and a game ranger were both shot and killed in the park.

The policeman, accompanied by a soldier, was searching for rhino poachers in the park's southern Tshokwane section when they came under fire, police spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said on Sunday.

"The shooting resulted in the [police] member being shot and killed. In return, the defence force member fatally wounded the shooter," said Naidoo.

"It emerged later that the shooter was in fact an on-duty [SA National Parks] game ranger."

An inquest docket had been opened to determine the circumstances and cause of the incident.

According to reports, on Monday Kruger National Park spokesperson William Mabasa said that since the start of 2011 there had been 25 shoot-outs in the park.

War zone


Beeld quoted a source as saying that since the anti-poaching campaign was stepped-up, the park had turned into a "war zone".

It reported that throwing various groups together in the fight against poaching caused mutual distrust.

The newspaper also reported the source as saying that rangers were specifically trained to track poachers, whereas police and soldiers were not.

On Monday, Naidoo said there were no new developments in the investigation into the past weekend's shooting.

He also felt the article was distorted.

He did not want to elaborate, but said the inquest into the shooting would take time and any comment now would be purely speculative.

When contacted, Mabasa said he would comment later this week.

Comments
  • Sechaba30 - 2012-04-30 23:58

    Shame to these People, who ever is involve hates this Continent

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-05-01 00:02

    I have a feeling that some Government or ANC officials are involved in this crime. I might be wrong but its just a feeling that comes to me everytime I hear about these precious animals death, I heard that now they will be after the Lions. It looks like these people are in a mission to wipe out all the Big five, who are these people actually. I wish one day to see these people behind bars.

      roboman1 - 2012-05-01 06:58

      I think you may be correct, this last weekends shooting is of a concern to me. Why were a soldier and a policeman in that territory without the field ranger knowing about it. Hee sees them and shoots and then gets shot himself, it all seems suspicious. But I know that there are good honest people as well in government and especially in SanParks who will fight these poachers to the very end

  • Richard - 2012-05-01 00:50

    I think if there should be an investigation that is chiefly based on finding the sources where the demand is, perheps the supply might be decreased.

  • Ian - 2012-05-01 03:20

    they not called cANCer for nothing, this disgusting government is in cahoots with the entire far east and china, they clearly do not give a damn about this continents wildlife, our legacy, they will burn in hell

  • Dennis - 2012-05-01 05:32

    I totally agree with all the statements above !!! 199 Rhino's murdered and still not even a hint of a statement from the corrupt ones !! ERECT A 2000000VOLT FENCE ON OUR BORDERSAND AROUND OUR PARKS !!!!!

  • DaniĆ«l Macdonald - 2012-05-01 06:46

    people tend to judge without even having the faintest idea what really is happening in any of the parks. why don't we that is judging and labeling the government and rangers as corrupt, let us go and guard the rhinos ourselves. remember the rangers that are trying to defend our rhinos are in constant danger from the wild animals as well as the poachers. nobody told the animals that the forces trying to save the rhino is on their side.

  • Jaba - 2012-05-01 07:00

    we humans are just sad

  • joemols - 2012-05-01 07:35

    Why cant we 'Noach' the bloody poachers? Noaching is cutting off of the poacher s nose,lets noach them.

  • Mxeki - 2012-05-01 08:02

    199 rhinos poached in 4 months!I no longer believe that these rhino poachers act independently. Some high government officials are behind this tragedy, the situation would'nt escalate to this magnitude in a country like SA which has strict laws when it comes to nature conservation processes.

  • lhfick - 2012-05-01 08:06

    Send in the old SAP members that were trained in bush and urban warfare, that is all that will stop it. For saving the rhino I`ll Go!

      Ian - 2012-05-01 08:47

      count me in

      Amanda - 2012-05-01 10:45

      Great idea!!!! am sure there are quite a few old SAP's that would like to touch up their target shooting and in the process save rhinos.A lot of the chaos around friendly fire killings could also be avoided because the knowledge and discipline that will come along with these guys . Agree with Roboman why was there a "ranger and policeman" supposedly shooting at poachers in the park. Sounds like BS to me. But at this stage I do not think anybody walking in the perimeter of the park with weapons should be trusted.

  • damonsb - 2012-05-01 08:34

    How would they feel if a Rhino came and cut off their nose

      Ec - 2012-05-01 08:50

      Ha-Ha-Ha .... !!!! Love it!

  • Refiloe - 2012-05-01 08:45

    imagine soon we wnt even have one left.mxm the government is nt doing enough ag! they probably benefit from this.

  • Jason Rossiter - 2012-05-01 08:45

    They need to bring in some real, Black Ops or something, no one should know about them being there, they shoot first and ask questions later, really we need to find a solution now!

  • Travis - 2012-05-01 08:54

    I say the Death Penalty is fair for contributing to extinction of a species. Its genocide in the animal kingdom.

      Ec - 2012-05-01 09:06

      A Bullet works quicker - no request for "last meal" in this case.

  • Yar - 2012-05-01 09:20

    I think we are losing the battle. Soon we will have no more Rhino left. The people charged with defending the Rhino will lose the battle. Goodbye to a noble animal that has survived for millions of years.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-01 11:24

      Yes and to think their demise will be at the hands of human beings. Lord why is it that a human can be so magnificent and others so rotten?. Somewhere something went wrong.

      Yar - 2012-05-01 12:00

      Yes Jacqui - it all started about 18 years ago.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-01 10:13

    Put us old koevoet,infantry,parabats in there we will stop the carnage in a day coming from the second best army and police force in the world.It starts with intelligence of which is lacking in this country,s so called regime.

      Amanda - 2012-05-01 10:56

      AGREE WITH YOU, BUT HOW TO IMPLEMENT. SEE MY COMMENT ABOVE. TOTAL USELESSNESS GOING ON IN THE PARK AT THE MOMENT. IT SEEMS AS THOUGH ALL THE "GATES" HAVE BEEN LEFT OPEN FOR THE POACHERS TO ALLOW ENTRY. HOW MANY RHINO POACHERS HAVE BEEN SHOT IN THE PARK OR EVEN APPREHENDED (THEY SHOULD BE SHOT WITHOUT AN OPTION AT THIS STAGE) VERY SUSPICIOUS . PARK RANGERS CAN SHOOT A RHINO AND POACH THE HORN IN ANY OF THE REMOTE AREAS IN THE PARK AND NOBODY WILL KNOW IT. AS IT IS THE CARCASSES ARE ONLY FOUND ONCE THE VULTURES START CIRCLING DAYS AFTER THE KILLING OF THE RHINOS,

      Jacqui - 2012-05-01 11:26

      Mike, yes please do go and help. The minister wants help, so she can have yours. Teach her a thing or two.

  • Michelle Reniers - 2012-05-01 10:18

    one will actually be surprised its normally the big heads involved in the poaching!! yeah would be funny to see a rhino cutting off the nose of a poacher!! lol SAVE THE RHINO POACH AN EGG...

  • George - 2012-05-01 10:51

    If we are serious about protecting the rhinos, rhino poaching should be declared a capital offense and those responsible executed within 24 hrs of capture. If you want executioners give me a call.

      George - 2012-05-01 10:56

      And yes, the same for human murder, violent robbery and rape. When you encounter an animal that kills you have to speak its language. The problem in SA is some of these animals wear pinstripe suits and call themselves VIPs. BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY NOW.

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-01 11:20

    South Africans are urged to raport blah! blah! blah!. Try writing to this useless lot and see if you get an answer. Take diplomatic steps against the countries involved and stop expecting others to do your work for you. Honestly why we are burden with such incompetence is beyond me.

  • anthonyralphwilson - 2012-05-01 12:32

    to hell with the rhinos!! protect our famers ! save our women and children !!

  • Pacific - 2012-05-01 13:30

    Makes one wonder why this has been allowed to go so far without state intervention?

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-01 13:39

    Has old donkey finished the first lot of afrodisiacs already.

  • Gideon - 2012-05-01 15:33

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMRTiSE81yI&feature=g-upl

  • Dewald - 2012-05-01 16:57

    I think they are hiding underground, close to their kill!

  • SA - 2012-05-01 18:58

    KILL THE POACHER - BRING OUT THE AUTOMATIC WEAPON - KILL THEM AND MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY KNOWS NOT TO MESS WITH OUR RHINO.

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-02 07:19

    All I can say is that this government is sooo lost.

  • Grahame - 2012-05-02 08:29

    Government can spend billions on the roads without properly addressing concerns of the people, but the wont fork out R 600 000.00 per year per helicopter to stop the slaughter of these beautiful creatures, which are now high on the endangered list and soon will be no more. Wake up ANC get the priorities in line or U wont be in power next election.

  • esethu3 - 2012-05-02 09:08

    This is a sad story; but going as far as to say the ANC is behind this is just a sad one on its own. I mean really, dearly beloved South Africans. Not everything that is bad in our country is perpetuated by the ANC.... EISH. lets all calm down at look at the bigger picture here; ask yourself how you can be involved in trying to stop this.As far as I know; some Chinese nationals are behind this and they pay large sums of money, reasons good enough for the greedy people to kill those animals... Stupid I know

  • Anakin - 2012-05-02 11:46

    What happened after the "Radar to help stop rhino poaching" presentation on the 21st of February 2012, on this very site? >>> http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Nearly-200-rhino-poached-in-SA-20120430 ? I still have the .flv video on my desktop. If the govt is really serious about this they should look at all available technolgies, ie not necassarily at the (very costly) US system but at least investigate whether our own SA companies (eg Kentron/Denel etc.) can't develop similar radar technologies, WITHOUT getting involved in yet another corrupt arms deal. Does our govt have the will and intention to do so, that's the question.

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