2 more held for North West rhino poaching

2012-11-23 13:06

Johannesburg - Two more men have been arrested in connection with a spate of rhino killings in the North West on Friday, bringing the total to five over the past day, the Hawks said.

Captain Paul Ramaloko said the two men were arrested near Kroondal, in the Matabele squatter camp on Friday.

They are believed to be part of the same organisation as three men arrested in central Pretoria, Katlehong, and Alberton in Gauteng on Thursday evening.

Three hunting rifles believed to have been used to hunt rhino were confiscated.

"The men are believed to be part of one syndicate and there are still more people involved. Bit by bit we are getting them down. We are closing in on the kingpin."

The three men, aged 36 to 58, would appear in the Brits Magistrate's Court on Monday.

They were linked to another trio arrested on Tuesday for poaching eight rhino on the farm Klipkopspruit, near Brits. Acting on a tip-off, the Hawks found them in their homes in the Lethabo township.

One of them was a ranger.

These men, aged between 47 and 59, appeared in the Brits Magistrate's Court on Thursday. Their case was postponed to December 5 for a formal bail application.

Ramaloko said at least 21 rhino were slain in the province this month. He could not confirm if one syndicate was responsible for all the killings.

"We will be guided by the outcomes of the investigation."

  • michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-23 13:26

    Cut off their noses while they are wide awake! Make them feel how it feels! Then pop a bullet in their heads! I still think poisoning the horns is a better idea! Let them sell these tainted horns overseas and then let them suffer the consequences from the buyers who I presume are organized crime members!

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-11-23 14:01

      Savages ! How could one possibly kill such beautiful animals !

      Essy1945 - 2012-11-23 14:16

      Agree Michael - let them bleed! Then shoot them!

      sukhoipakfa - 2012-11-23 15:43

      These poachers need to be impaled like what Vlad the Impaler did to the Turks.

  • webstorm.isp.5 - 2012-11-23 13:29

    Damn savages, we should cut of their "horn" and see how much they like it...

  • Antipoaching - 2012-11-23 13:37

    Will you please stop arresting these okes!!!!! Shoot on sight, stop wasting our tax Rands!!!

      gungets.tuft - 2012-11-23 13:58

      And lose out on the opportunity to find the people funding them. These guys are the gophers. Use them to find the real criminals. Catching a few destitute paochers is not going to stop hundreds of others stepping up. Proper policework will.

      sibusiso.swakamisa.9 - 2012-11-23 14:11

      i don't think one could ever compare a rhinos life to a human pathetic

      Antipoaching - 2012-11-23 15:04

      I quite agree Sibusiso, rhino's are worth so much more than people!

  • chris.jikijela.1 - 2012-11-23 13:59

    This is one of the most horrble crimes in SA.....i wonder ifANC is not involved in this

      Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-11-23 14:23

      C'mon Chris, don't politisize this. The case of head of Kruger Park vet, Dr. Douw Grobler, Ras Safaris owner, KZN farmer, several Limpopo farmers, etc. Do you know their connection to anc?

  • Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-11-23 14:16

    Take them to Kruger Park and offload next to a team of six hungry lions. The one who runs faster must be shot on the legs.

  • tantiana.panda - 2012-11-23 15:29

    May they rot in hell !!!

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  • mike.jankelowitz - 2012-11-23 21:51

    Cut off their penises and shove them in their mouths so they choke on them. Justice had better be swift and brutal. Send a message loud and clear! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!

  • rory.n.price - 2012-11-24 15:59

    Cut off their spears, 40 years behind bars not enough.

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