3 rhino dehorned in Eastern Cape

2012-03-02 11:00

Port Elizabeth - A rhino has been killed and two of the creatures critically injured after poachers struck in the Eastern Cape on Friday morning, the Hawks said.

The attack took place on a game farm near Kenton-on-Sea, Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said.

"Rangers at the Kariega Game Farm were patrolling this morning when they found three dehorned rhinos," he said.

Vets and the police were called immediately.

"The police have cordoned off the scene and are investigating," he said.

Earlier this week, four suspects were arrested for killing and dehorning two rhinos in the Kruger National Park. The suspects included three park employees and a traffic officer.

They appeared in the White River Magistrate Court on Thursday, on charges of rhino poaching and defeating the ends of justice.

Their case has been postponed to March 8 for a formal bail application, Polela said.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-03-02 11:03

    catch those effing pouchers... now wait, dont catch them, just shoot them! enough already!!

  • Natasha - 2012-03-02 11:13

    This is flippen upsetting, and totally insane...why cant government..or who ever is in charge of our country, step in and stop this insanity, before we dont have any rhinos left..for Heavens sake make an example of these bastards once and for all...

      WotzisName - 2012-03-02 11:25

      Our government doesn't care. They don't care about animals. If all our widlife were wiped out they wouldn't care. Wildlife takes up space, and doesn't make money. All these animals are to them is meat. Heritage, natural beauty, extinct and never coming back, etc, does not factor into their simple brains! They just don't care enough to waste money on animals when they can be buying cars and holidays and houses for themselves!

      keith.staniford - 2012-03-02 11:27

      Because half the bastards you mention are in on the deal.

      Mouldy - 2012-03-02 11:41

      Our "President" and his Zulu cronies are buying Leopard skins (also an endangered species) from poachers to wear at their regular "ethnic/cultural" get togethers to celebrate and honour their Zulu heritage. FACT! Now why would they worry about saving the Rhino? It's up to us, the ordinary ppl of South Africa to save our wildlife from these parasites. If I knew what to do I would, but I, like most on here do not have the time nor the resources to get involved other than donating money to the cause.

      Nick - 2012-03-02 11:53

      WELL SAID Natasha, Wotzisname, Keith and Mouldy!

  • amanda - 2012-03-02 11:14

    @ Ken yes indeed and only yesterday a chinese businessman was arrested for a cache of elephant tusks and other ivory here in Cape Town at his business premises.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-02 11:17

    For how long will this tragic go on? I blame poor governance

  • Shirley - 2012-03-02 11:17

    I dont have the vocabulary to describe the anger and sadness I feel every time I read of this slaughter! Shoot the bast@rds on sight DEAD!!!!!! They dont deserve to be alive! Somehow as a country we HAVE to stop this please!!!!!!!!

      Nick - 2012-03-02 11:55

      I hear you Shirley - me Heart bleeds too - I cannot help but have tears in my eyes when I read these stories... The anger I feel is immeasurable. It's time the Universe/ Mother Nature stepped-in - and wiped China et al off the map - good riddance to human cockroaches!

  • Gordon - 2012-03-02 11:17

    Too organised, too professional and too fast not to have police, conservation, vets, customs people all involved on the bad guys side. A R3000 a month ranger will kill anything that promises a R50k reward.

  • Cindy - 2012-03-02 11:22

    one bullet, one poacher.......

      Shirley - 2012-03-02 11:31


      jono99 - 2012-03-02 13:20

      Could even go, one bullet two poachers, if you're a good enough shot

  • Gerhard - 2012-03-02 11:23

    Rhino horn is now more expensive than gold. That is why it is so difficult to fight it. At $1250 per once, it means that an average rhino's horn could yield R3 360 000 in income. That means R10 800 000 for these three. It is extremely difficult to fight amounts like that. That is why people that is supposed to fight poaching (owners, rangers, police, vets) are becomming involved. It is estimated that a rhino is poached every 16 hours in South Africa. This just because the f*cking yellow bastards from the East believe it gives you a big hard dick. It is just too sad for words. The question is: How do you fight against the money that is to be made???????

      WotzisName - 2012-03-02 11:27

      Like Ken said, poison the horn so the yellow b@rsards die from it! Then it's value will drop dramatically!

      Marion - 2012-03-02 13:16

      @Gerhard, I think that thing about it being an aphrodisiac is more urban legend than truth. They do however use it in traditional medicines because they believe that it has medicinal value. Imagine, equivalent of toenails and horse hooves have medicinal value!

  • dawid.vanbiljon - 2012-03-02 11:25

    The blood of a Rhino poacher cure HIV, Aids and Cancer ... Please spread the word!!!!

  • keith.staniford - 2012-03-02 11:25

    Why the f..k should bail even be considered for thses murderous bastards from white River. We must have the lowest form of culture in the World. Take them, flog them and cut their testicles of and leave them to die like they left those poor creatures to suffer and die. They are the lowest form of life on this planet.

  • Gabriel Shai - 2012-03-02 11:31

    I think the defense force should be used to defend the rhinos. This is a war. These are defenseless creatures. They need help. And I'm sure the soldiers would like to be actively using their skills they are trained with.

  • Maria - 2012-03-02 11:45

    "two of the creatures critically injured" - please put them to sleep - do not let them suffer like ABSA. They allready lost their horns and I'm sure half of their faces - rather safe them any further suffering before dying anyway.

  • Lee - 2012-03-02 11:48

    I say KILL THE WHOLE BLOODY LOT OF THESE SENSELESS KILLERS. Those same people who do this to our Rhino will do ANYTHING for money which means they are no good in our Society. SICK SICK SICK.........and I just feel sooooooo sad reading this now.

  • Khanya.McCutha - 2012-03-02 11:51

    Aphindile lama China

      Marion - 2012-03-02 13:44

      Why aren't we surprised...

  • ashini.ishwarlall - 2012-03-02 11:51

    what a pathetic nation we are , that our government does not go all out to protect our animals. When are the people that are suppose to protect this country (the Government ) going to put into place that we kill all poachers, murderers , rapists, thieves. The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. - Mahatma Gandhi.

  • Whispers4life - 2012-03-02 11:58


  • chris.khanye - 2012-03-02 12:00

    This is a crisis!

  • Kevin Nicklin - 2012-03-02 12:04

    When the last tree is cut, When the last river is emptied, When the last fish is caught, When the last animal is hunted, Only then will Man realize that he cannot eat money.

      Adil Smit - 2012-03-02 13:38

      Fell that to the friends from the East

      Marion - 2012-03-02 13:45

      Excellent Kevin.

  • knibbles - 2012-03-02 12:07

    Hi guys you know there are some folks that do some good about this out there. If you want to go and read up on the sanparks forum and lend a hand... It really does make difference. Just read the topic and see if you can help.

  • les.cunningham1 - 2012-03-02 12:22

    No bail, no jail, just put them against a wall and pull the trigger. useless pieces of dung.

  • Daryn - 2012-03-02 12:40

    SA Military its time to protect our country people and its resources! We pay taxes for this very reason. Government wake before its too late.

  • leon.bedeker - 2012-03-02 12:59

    At this point News24 can just replace the daily article about poaching with a "Rhinos poached" counter.

  • Marion - 2012-03-02 13:12

    What everyone, worldwide, who is concerned about the plight of the rhino should do is boycot ALL goods from ANY asian country until the governments of those countries actually do something towards banning the use of rhino horn for any purpose whatsoever.

  • Karen - 2012-03-02 13:23

    Cannot believe that this is still going on !! Can we not somehow "dye" the horns ? Like all different colors ? Would they lose their value to the poachers then ? Also easier to spot them I suppose which would not be a good idea. How do these poachers live with themselves ???????????

  • Shannon - 2012-03-02 13:30

    we really are just going for a record breaker this year aren't we!!! FFS!! enough is enough LONG AGO!! The pace of this brutal slaughter is speeding up by the week :((

  • Craig - 2012-03-02 13:55

    Could the authorities, or at least some organisation that really "wants" to do "something" - please intercept a load of rhino horn entering the market, whether legally or illegally, and immerse the horns in highly soluble strichnine. Warn all of China that horns have been treated in this way to preserve them. Oh, and please don't digest them either. End of story.

  • Lynette - 2012-03-02 17:30

    Shoot the poachers the rhinos! I think we should humanely euthanize every rhino in our country to save them from all this pain and suffering!! The minister of environmental affairs should have R100,000 deducted from her salary EACH time a dead rhino is found...the same goes for the CEO of SANPARKS. They are not doing their jobs!! Did you know that consuming the private parts of Chinese and Vietnamese men and boys cures AIDS....let's spread the word!!! Its true.... Can't understand why these people need things to increase their sex drive..aren't there enough of them? Isn't that why they are taking over Africa under the guise of wanting to uplift the African continent?

  • Karen - 2012-03-02 18:22

    Will someone please tell Far Eastern men that only surgery can enhance!!! This slaughter has to stop - and the poachers need to understand that TOURISM is of much higher value than FANTASY.

  • Schalk Van Heerden - 2012-03-02 19:05

    Its just sad ! There are so many young boys with out work. Why dnt these parks get them to do security work on the farms. Pay them a decent wage and that way the farms wil save millions of rands in rhino poaching.

  • Shazia Baker - 2012-03-02 19:37

    This is absolutely sick !!! I cannot believe people actually really do this .. It is the most inhumane thing ever. Wish there was more we could do to stop this .

  • Hennie - 2012-03-02 20:00

    China is raping youre country blind and you don't even know it!

  • amanda - 2012-03-02 20:16

    Why are there so many new Chinese shops opening in the Western Cape particlarly here in the Southern Peninsula These shop owners cannot even speak English. I recollect one that stayed open for a scant two months selling leather goods (ostrich mainly) then vanished with half the stock still remaining in the shop whilst the shop was closed. Dont support these Chinese shops - I may be sticking my neck out here but I am now deeply suspicious that their shops are just a front for the real business at hand.

  • Khalid - 2012-03-03 15:12

    catch them and cut of there 'horn"!

  • Alan - 2012-03-06 22:34

    "the suspects included three park employees". It's typical. Does the concept of loyalty not exist in certain cultures?

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