Army helps curb Kruger rhino poaching

2011-07-21 09:36

Johannesburg - Rhino poaching incidents have dropped significantly in the Kruger National Park since the deployment of the army earlier this year, Beeld newspaper reported on Thursday.

Brigadier General Koos Liebenberg told the Afrikaans daily that there had been a marked decline since the start of Operation Corona in March.

He said there were 40 rhino poaching cases in March, which dropped to 30 in April, 15 in May and two in June.

No rhinos have been poached in the Kruger National Park so far this month.

Last year, 333 rhinos were shot dead in the park, which led to authorities turning to the SA National Defence Force for help.

  • TBOOZE - 2011-07-21 09:51

    FINALLY the arm have something to do , now take them to the streets and make them help fight crime

      TBOOZE - 2011-07-21 10:42

      its been years since our army actually have something to do, they must take them to the border also because the country cant accommodate any more foreigners and thats the reality

      Liberal Girl - 2011-07-21 11:02

      @ Tbooze that is good that they are actually doing something, but do you really think its a good idea to fight crime seeing as our police are already so rogue, who says they wont be worse. I mean look at what they do when they are on deployments in other countries.

      Walter - 2011-07-21 11:17

      Yes, Gomez, it does make one very happy............ if only it applied countrywide! As far as I know, the army is only carrying out this task in the Kruger. What about all the other parks, especially in KZN which is the next most affected area? We need special courts to quickly and effectively deal with people like Groenewald and his "gang" as well.

      Spade - 2011-07-21 12:53

      Let's hope the army can maintain enough discipline in this exercise. The poachers will certainly retaliate, if not through violence, then through bribery and extortion. I trust the military have put checks and balances in place to prevent this from happening.

      Jason - 2011-07-22 12:56

      @Tbooze ... SA cant accomodate any more foreigners? Really? Have we run out of space? SA has one of the lowest population densities in the world. Most of our problems come from our own people, not the foreigners. The majority of foreigners in SA are honest, hardworking people. ALL South Africans except the Bushman were foreigners at one point! Lets stop hating these ppl and lets make them legal citizens and tax them and allow them to contribute to our society. I'm not a narrow minded Xenophobe. "DEY TOOK OUR JOOOOOOOBS!"

  • subtle59 - 2011-07-21 09:51

    Jeez.... is the Army going to strike now?

      Drolpeer - 2011-07-21 10:00

      The dumbest comment ever!! Fool

      Sarah - 2011-07-21 10:25

      What was the point of your comment except to prove that you are an idiot?

  • KaB - 2011-07-21 09:52

    Good news!

  • freddie van eyk - 2011-07-21 09:57

    Fantastic news , they should have never left the borders.

  • JBP - 2011-07-21 09:58

    Keep it up.

  • Gomez - 2011-07-21 10:00

    Great news!!!!

  • Mlu - 2011-07-21 10:05

    Now let the army also protect farmers and clean up our streets of crime.

  • ShakaN - 2011-07-21 10:06

    Good at long last, the problem with the SA Government is that they are always reactive to a problem and not proactive. This is good news but should of been done at the outset, also give the soldiers a real situation to operate/train in.

  • fishycraig - 2011-07-21 10:07

    As someone who works in the park I can only say well done to the army. I have seen these guys on patrol and they are doing an excellent job and deserve our every praise. Well done army!

  • Samantha - 2011-07-21 10:08

    about bloody time they used the army for something ,

      motsokwane - 2011-07-21 10:15

      Yeh! samantha, I was also thinking of the koefoet battalion for the farmers.I need to contact Malema about the idea.

      Totman - 2011-07-21 11:02

      I presume you mend to protect the farming areas motsokwane? Good idea. Any pro-active plan that can help to get rid of crime must be looked at. Also in the rural and metro areas as well. Can you imagine all that stress off all South Africans. All will see everything in a new light and all have the will again to build for a prosperous future for all. Just get rid of crime and you will see how everyone in SA can share and work together. Yes, I drank my positive pills this morning, but I am without them always positive. Specially with good news like this. Hey, leave Malema alone. He is busy...building. Can't wait to see what Italian design tips, that he picked up from his visit, he going to apply on his new house.LOL!

  • Justin - 2011-07-21 10:10

    Great news

  • Gorilla - 2011-07-21 10:14

    Nice to see the army doing something positive. Now maybe they can be used to curb the horrific murder of farmers in our beautiful country.

  • Bruce Fox - 2011-07-21 10:18

    Great News! Kill the bastards on sight and call it self defense! Um is that unethical? Cant Interpol be utilized to aprehend suspects in Asia because that end needs to be stung as well? Im just so pleased the army is being useful and that logic has prevailed, its a model that works well in Botswana. Also, someone should run an advertising campaign in Asia educating people about the lack of scientific basis to the beliefs about the medicinal properties of these animals, I guess its impractical due to the costs involved.

      O-Kay - 2011-07-21 10:27

      Asia couldn't care! I'm generalising here, but it seems that the most outrageous animal cruelty is based in Asia. It sickens me! Well done to the army, I hope it lasts.

  • SirMark - 2011-07-21 10:22

    Well done and hopefully all the poachers are shot and killed on sight .

  • Witus - 2011-07-21 10:33

    Only if poachers were to face the mighty arm of the law the problem could be resolved. As it stands poachers are caught and the next day granted bail, is that the right way of dealing with poaching?

  • Mr Gus - 2011-07-21 10:38

    Give these guys a Bells!

  • Sharon - 2011-07-21 10:46

    Excellent news !!!

  • Pienk Zuit - 2011-07-21 11:10

    Now get them to do something about perlemoen poaching. Although, it's already too late for that probably.

      Greybeard - 2011-07-21 12:08

      Wouldn't you love to see a sub surface next to a smokkelaars boat! Hot Damn!

  • Sir-Vic - 2011-07-21 11:13

    Well done Army.

  • Cecil - 2011-07-21 11:18

    Save our Rhinos Hunt a Poacher! SHOOT TO KILL!! The poachers are armed with automatic rifles.They kill our rhinos, they kill the dedicated guards,then they get out on bail (R1000) and run back to their countries,only to try again.So take no chances!! SHOOT TO KILL or BE KILLED!!

      Lanfear - 2011-07-21 13:15

      Excellent suggestion! In the Serengeti and Tarangiri game reserves, the game rangers are fully armed with a shoot to kill policy on poachers. It works wonders to keep the poachers at bay, thoug still do slip through the net of course. Excellent idea to utilise the army, they just sit on their arses and do nothing anyway, get them working!

  • Fedup - 2011-07-21 12:10

    Fantastic news this, cant we get the army to guard the drivers of petrol tankers so we can get fuel, my neighbourhood is very dry?

  • Rijger - 2011-07-21 12:22

    Fantastic news! Now if only somebody could learn them to drive and observe the speed restrictions in the Park... But of course that would be wishful thinking. Believe me I have seen their driving and it is horrendous.

  • Gideon - 2012-04-05 11:16


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