5 suspected rhino poachers arrested

2012-02-15 08:05

Johannesburg - Five suspected rhino poachers will appear in the Brits Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, North West police said.

The men, aged between 43 and 59, were arrested on Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.

"I am reluctant to even say where they were arrested because it might compromise future operations."

The Star reported on Wednesday that the suspected poachers had been involved in a shoot-out with police in an area known to hold rhinos. They were arrested and a .458-calibre rifle and 14 rounds of ammunition seized.

SA National Parks said on Tuesday that 52 rhinos had been killed this year. The hardest hit areas continued to be the Kruger National Park and Limpopo with 26 and 13 rhinos poached there respectively.

SANParks CEO David Mabunda said conservation agencies and the police were seeing increasing co-operation from the public.

"The difficulty is pinning a suspected criminal to the actual crime because we are dealing with very wily and sophisticated individuals."

  • Hannes - 2012-02-15 08:28

    what to do with them??? take a Minora blade, make small cuts in their penis and put them in a cage with some hungry hyaenas...

      Sean - 2012-02-15 09:30

      No Hannes-thats cruel.Poor hyaenas. Put a chain around their ankles and a peg in the ground.Near some rhinos

      janas3 - 2012-02-15 15:18

      sjeesh...the hyenas did nothing wrong, why make them suffer?? the chained ankles sounds much more like payback! *huge friggin grin*

  • Natasha - 2012-02-15 08:41

    Make an example of them....!!!! maybe death penalty....????

  • barrie.swart - 2012-02-15 08:44

    "...sophisticated individuals" shooting at police?

  • Shaun Robinson - 2012-02-15 08:47

    Cut their noses off or pull their teeth out, heartless bastards...

      janas3 - 2012-02-15 15:26

      I agree....cut the nose off to spite the face....maybe if we're lucky they'll bleed out too....and sommer die...problem solved!

  • John - 2012-02-15 08:47

    And this mainly happens in that cesspit of a province, Limpopo, where that other recently dehorned idiot, Malema, resides. Makes you think, doesn't it?

      Typersa - 2012-02-15 09:26

      Well this is kinda also one of the only places where there are lots of Rhinos in the country.. But yeah, I agree... Fatboy prob has his finger in this pie as well

      Des - 2012-02-15 09:32

      well then john, stop eating most of your fruit and vegetables and not to mention your main red meat supply because you will find it also comes from our beloved Limpopo province where i and many wonderful people stay. Your hatred for one person makes you generalise an entire province. Have you looked in the mirror lately and reflected on your own weaknesses, i guess not. So do us Limpopo citizens a favour and turn your computer off

      John - 2012-02-15 09:59

      My, my Des, very touchy this morning, aren't we? Just FYI, I live on the West Coast where we manage nicely on local produce so get off you high horse and feed the fools you are keeping in power in Limpopo. The reason why I call it a cesspit is because every second sangoma en other assorted fools seem to hatch in your little backyard. This enables Malema and his dumb as mud cronies to cash in on the rife stupidity of the area to do what they are doing. So really man, see my comment for what it is and don't show your glaring sensitive side for all to see. Normally when one has to go to these lengths to defend something, it has more than its fair share of skeletons in the closet.

      Ziggie - 2012-02-15 10:49

      Des, can you read, it goes for rhinos, not red meat!!!

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  • Erik Fourie - 2012-02-15 08:54

    I say KILL them.

  • henk.grundlingh - 2012-02-15 08:55

    Shame the little calf didnt even see one day light of his life on earth. I hate these f*ckers. How can we help to stop this senseless killings of this lovely animals. I will hunt down this demons.

      Typersa - 2012-02-15 09:26

      Agreed, I will fight alongside you to rid this country of these demons!!!

  • Ryan - 2012-02-15 08:56

    And this is how i saved the rhino's:

  • AyGeewils - 2012-02-15 09:09

    I get so so sick to the stomach about this subject - these people are no better than murderers - why did they bother arresting them - they will just go back and do this again if not convicted.

  • Alex - 2012-02-15 09:15

    This may eventually make the present goverment realize their stupidity in removing the fences around Kruger in the first place - wonderful opportunity for poaching in all forms.

  • Alex - 2012-02-15 09:20

    This shows the stupidity of the present goverment for removing the fences around Kruger in the first place - wonderful opportunity and easy pickings for all forms of poaching......

  • Gerhard - 2012-02-15 09:24

    Should have shot them in stead of arresting them. That will send out the message to the rest. Remember dead people cannot testify!!

  • winston.mullany - 2012-02-15 09:36

    Until the government actually pulls its finger out its ass about this and does something like give free reigns to the people patroling these areas and put their lives on the line for these animals, this will unfortunately continue to happen. Let them lose and use them for target practise!

  • Ettiene - 2012-02-15 10:07

    Shoot on site... DO not ask questions.

      Danie - 2012-02-15 13:12

      After shooting them, keep it out of the press. Just reading about rhino poachers make people sick. Poachers must just quietly disappear. Aspiring poachers will get the message soon enough.

  • Nomfezeko - 2012-02-15 10:07

    52 Rhinos have been killed this year, that is a lot. I am not sure why is this crime continuing and not stopped once and for all. Anyway,our government lacks ability to deal with crime in our country. I bet you, there are still people from outside forging citizenship and yet minister of home affairs has been recognised as having done a good job, like people from a neighbouring country that get to SA illegally and soon have a possession of a SA ID and add to the high amount of our population, whilst facing unemployent, poverty, not to mention the issue of RDP housing project that seem to be lagging behind.God help SA. We need leaders with God's wisdom to lead this country. Right now greed is everywhere, that Rhinos, God's beautiful gift is being destroyed for what? Greed.

  • jhavenga1 - 2012-02-15 10:09

    Cut off the poachers Horns..... See how THEY like it !!!!!!

  • Will - 2012-02-15 10:36

    Typersa,why do you even bother to educate the old senile dumbo called john that most incidents happen in limpopo simply because thats where most rhinos are located? I bet he does not even know that 75% of the perpetrators are mozambicans,20% zimbabweans and the rest locals with asians as their paymasters.

  • Mhlophe - 2012-02-15 10:45

    You may not be able to "pin" poaching on them, but a shoot out with police is attmepted murder and resisting arrest. That should be enough.

  • Louise Higham - 2012-02-15 10:54

    Why capture them, shoot them, they cost the counntry a fortune to house them, and they may even get off then what, carry on poaching.

  • Anakin - 2012-02-15 11:15

    We are all SO TIRED and GATVOL with rhino-poaching. My suggestion is to start a highly specialized independent anti rhino-hunting combat unit whose duties will specifically be to KILL rhino-poachers ON SIGHT. The unit can co-ordinate with SAPS and the SANDF, but their members must not belong to either the SANDF or SAPS to avoid being hamstrung by routines,rules and regulations. The poachers must become the 'hunted' to such an extent that they leave rhino-poaching completely alone. Put up big graphic warning signs on the reserves, so that the poachers can understand it, even if they are completely illiterate. Once the word gets out about such a unit, the poaching numbers should come down. Ie if they are caught red-handed then just KILL them, no court, no trial, no bail, no deportation, no more nice-talk. We have the army that can supply night-vision scopes, we have technology to combat this sick problem. Other methods can still work in parallel, such as Veri-chip RF implants in the horns, putting poisonous (for humans) substances into the horns, regular patrols in the affected areas, fitting GPS trackers inside the horns and sealing it so that the remaining rhinos movements can be tracked. But change the law, now, so that the risk becomes far too high for the poachers that are caught in the act. There must be ways to really put the brakes on this close-to-extinction problem. Every time I see yet another photo of a mutilated rhino I get really angry - it's becoming unbearable.

  • Justin - 2012-02-15 12:30

    they should put a gps unit in the horn and let it slip through customs see where it stops and then kill every single one of the people responsible,if u take the problem out at the top the syndicate body will die. and maybe start a slur campaign in asia explaining that horns wont make their 1 inch dicks grow further!!!!

  • Virginia - 2012-02-15 12:44

    It's now 54 rhinos in six weeks! In an article by Tony Carnie posted on IOL today: "The latest deaths bring to at least 950 the number of rhinos poached since January 2009". He adds that 180 Field rangers have been on strike over wages for the past ten days in the Kruger National Park. A sad comment on our fight against rhino poaching!

  • OldNick - 2012-02-15 12:45

    I would have preferred that the report read that 5 poachers were shot dead. Good job anyway.

  • Gerhard - 2012-02-15 15:14

    Soon Zuma will prohibit information about poaching. What a clown!

  • Johann - 2012-02-16 11:20

    I have an idea why dont they, disarm them, shoot them in the legs so they cant run away,m leave them to bleed and then take a saw and cut of theur noses - lets see how they like to get what they give to the Rhinos... OH YES!! Everyone apparently poacher testicles is a cure for all sickness.... spread the word

  • faannagel - 2012-02-23 07:41

    No arrests, shoot poachers on sight and leave for vultures, then they will get the message..

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