333 rhinos killed in 2010

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.
We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Zama zama crackdown: What are your thoughts on West Village residents taking the law into their own hands?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Authorities should bring in the army already
11% - 1898 votes
Illegal miners can't be scapegoated for all crime
49% - 8728 votes
What else did we expect without no proper policing
36% - 6469 votes
Vigilante groups are also part of the problem
4% - 633 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
16.45
-1.6%
Rand - Pound
19.83
-1.0%
Rand - Euro
16.72
-0.6%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.56
-0.3%
Rand - Yen
0.12
-1.7%
Gold
1,778.99
-1.3%
Silver
20.26
-2.7%
Palladium
2,159.00
-3.1%
Platinum
937.50
-3.0%
Brent Crude
98.15
-1.5%
Top 40
64,022
+0.0%
All Share
70,741
+0.0%
Resource 10
63,315
-1.2%
Industrial 25
86,967
+0.5%
Financial 15
16,154
+0.6%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE