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Poacher caught after Kruger shoot-out

2011-12-12 21:27

Johannesburg - A suspected rhino poacher was arrested in the N'wanetsi section of the Kruger National Park (KNP), SA National Parks said on Monday.

SANParks and SA National Defence Force members came across three armed suspected poachers and a shoot-out ensued on Sunday afternoon, spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli said.

"This led to one suspect being wounded and arrested. The other two managed to escape back into Mozambique. We are liaising with our counterparts on that side to be on the lookout for the other two men."

A hunting rifle and four fresh rhino horns were recovered. One rhino carcass was found, while the second was being sought.

The man was in hospital under police guard and expected to appear in court soon.

"We will be on high alert for poachers this holiday season. We will not leave any stone unturned. Since January this year, 431 rhino have been killed and 244 of them in the KNP," Thakhuli said.

Seventy-eight suspected poachers were arrested in the Kruger National Park this year.

Comments
  • rynhardt.ferreira - 2011-12-12 21:38

    I wish I could get hold of this piece of crap!! I will kill him slowly... Motherf!!!!! Go back to Mozambique you bloody tick turd!!

      procold2 - 2011-12-13 08:16

      why waste money should have killed him at the scene,until the gov stops buggering around with trials and appeals for years swift justice when the kingpins are caught, give them the same medicine as the chinese give drug smugglers, death sentence for any trade in rhino horn no matter how small.

      Ann - 2011-12-13 13:36

      This is just totally out of hand now guys, however just went on facebook and saw some good news: From @spotsSouthAfrica A Vietnamese couple have been arrested at Oliver Tambo airport Johannesburg, whilst trying to leave the country with rhino horn. We hope they have a lovely Xmas courtesy of the citizens of South Africa. Hope that many more will join them soon!!!!!!

  • ChrisvdHeyde - 2011-12-12 21:39

    We need a full battalion or two deployed along the Mozambique border. It will give the army some real exercise and a national treasure will receive its well-needed protection! Come on Minister Sisulu!

  • Frikkie - 2011-12-12 22:00

    And the Poacher is not in pieces yet? cut off one limb at a time until he spills the beans and then feed him to lions.

  • Ali - 2011-12-12 22:10

    "Johannesburg - A suspected rhino poacher was arrested" "A hunting rifle and four fresh rhino horns were recovered." Is he not more then a suspected poacher? What else do you need to be a real poacher? More guns or horns? A degree in poaching from a recognized institution? 5 years experience?

      Richard - 2011-12-13 00:19

      innocent until proven guilty in court :/

      Peter - 2011-12-13 08:58

      This b@stard should not have made it to court.

  • Alva - 2011-12-12 22:11

    The penalty for rhino poaching should be a lethal injection.

  • Maurits Schultz - 2011-12-12 22:35

    Cut the bastar*ds nose off maybe and his hands too, then leave him in the bush! Let him suffer!

  • Cheryl - 2011-12-12 23:17

    Funded by the Chinese of course....dubula chinese

  • Kovsie1980 - 2011-12-13 00:22

    Cut their noses off and let them walk home, without their guns. The one or two who will make it home, will spread the message.

  • Andrew - 2011-12-13 06:51

    Three poachers and members of SAN Parks and our Defence Force could no apprehend them. Only one wounded, thank goodness it was not an invasion.Shame on you.

      Stefan - 2011-12-23 20:55

      Andrew, that is an uninformed comment. We don't know the situation on the ground. The contact might have happened at night in thick bush. It would be impossible to track or follow someone escape & evading in those conditions. Also keep in mind they would not be allowed to follow escaping poachers over the border. Lastly, shame on you for trying to shame the men living in the bush, away from their families, enduring hardships and risking their lives while sitting comfortably behind your computer at home.

  • Susanna - 2011-12-13 07:06

    It it takes 244 rhino carcasses to get them "to leave no stone unturned"...Would love to check MInister Sisulu's handbag...

      ibbetsonkennedy - 2011-12-23 19:52

      I suggest she gets let loose in the Park and made to walk home unaided Could we be so lucky the a lion comes upon her by chance?????????????

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-13 07:58

    cut his nose off

  • gavinrpotter - 2011-12-13 08:10

    They should shoot the poachers on site, no questions, no buts. I despise this lowlife and hope they all get shot. Maybe we should arrest them then cut their noses off with a blunt knife so they know how it feels!

  • Jo-anne - 2011-12-13 08:42

    As long as there is a demand.....this will never stop!!!.....they should place tracking devices in these Rhino and employ a team just for their safe keeping......we will end up with nothing left!!....use some of that money the government uses for entertainment and new cars!!!....This is much more important!!

  • Peter - 2011-12-13 08:56

    If there is one thing we should learn from China, Thailand, and Bangkok etc is that harsh penalties for crimes are a deterrant. Recent news re drug smuggling: Convicted in 2009, executed in 2011 - no 15 year appeal process. Dead criminal, move on. RSA should move much faster on something as serious as rape, murder, rhino poaching, corruption etc. We are just soooo slow, it makes me sick.

  • ester.duvenage - 2011-12-13 09:08

    Give this guy a lethal injection, why still hospitalize the scum

  • sam.swanpoel - 2011-12-13 09:10

    Suspect? What all must they produce to make them guilty? Dismember the dirty piece of slime.

  • rassiee1 - 2011-12-13 09:21

    i think its a shame that they always talk and talk but nothing is done to stop the poachers. i say let whem bleed next to their victims(rhino's) for the lions to feed on that is to say if the lions will eat scum ..

  • Rick - 2011-12-13 09:23

    I hope this guy gets sodomized and raped in prison till Kingdom come !

  • Daniel - 2011-12-13 09:41

    F#ck him up

  • pam.knowles1 - 2011-12-13 10:09

    Hang a few. I know that it terrible, but maybe terrible will stop them.

  • Kylie - 2011-12-13 10:10

    Im so grateful that so many have been caught and great job SANparks and SANDF! As much as the poachers are to blame I want to get my hands on the masterminds, kingpins and any other asswipe that manages to convince the masses to believe in the value of a dead Rhino and who pays the poacher to do this. Only then can this stop.

      Stefan - 2011-12-23 21:12

      I just love it each time the SANDF gives these poachers a bloody nose. Also very glad that they haven't suffered any casualties on this operation yet.

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2011-12-13 10:19

    If the Chinese can execute an SA citizen for smuggling drugs, then the same policy should apply for Chinese buyers of ILLEGAL Rhino horn!! WTF, South Africa, grow a backbone - there won't be any white rhino left if you keep piffling around with "human rights" and "diplomatic relations" with these people!! As for the poachers, LIFE in prison, NO parole (don't even bother applying). Or just shoot to kill! Problem solved

  • vdwjasper - 2011-12-13 10:22

    Caught...yet 4 "fresh" horns were found. Such a small victory, such a graphically horrifying description of the loot. If Mother Earth had to be a deity she surely would despise us human folk.

  • Builtby - 2011-12-13 11:21

    It will be interesting to see what we do now with all the new trade and economic talks and deals we are currently holding with China and them killing our rhino's and the latest drug trafficker been executed. I wonder if we will ever just stop rolling over and start trying to put effective measures into plade. Rhino horn is mainly used by the elite and as a bad generalization the elite or the top people in power in a state like China, are we feeding the beast that bites us?

  • simone.wayne - 2011-12-13 12:42

    Cut of his horn and see how he feels !!!

  • conrad.burke1 - 2012-01-13 06:58

    If they are coming over the (non-existent) border so easily, then isn't it time to reassess that particular 'transfrontier park'

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