Hawks shoot dead Kruger poacher

2012-11-11 18:02

Johannesburg - The Hawks on Sunday shot dead an alleged rhino poacher and injured another during a shootout in the Kruger National Park.

Captain Paul Ramoloka said the Hawks, in partnership with the special anti-poaching task force, received information about the alleged poachers who were spotted near the Sabi Sands private game reserve in Skukuza at around 14:00.

"When our team confronted the four men, they opened fire on the police who returned fire. One of the poachers was killed, another is in hospital while the other two were arrested," he said.

Police confiscated a hunting rifle, axe, saw and sedan used by the alleged poachers.

Ramoloka said the three men would be charged with attempted murder and being in possession of dangerous weapons.

"We are still trying to link the suspects with some of the rhino poaching which have taken place in the KNP over the past week."

According to SA National Parks (SANParks) the country had lost 528 rhinos since the beginning of 2012 and 320 of them were killed in the KNP.

  • Gareth Jason Eddles - 2012-11-11 18:08

    they should of shot them all dead, these poachers are excuses for human beings

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-11 18:20

      See the nation united in joy. We have no time or sympathy for Rhino killers. Lock them up for 40 years.

      mlucejko - 2012-11-11 18:51

      "Well done" HAWKS !! Kill them all !!

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-11-11 19:00

      nation united in joy indeed and ilike that ,you know what i wish that one day we can join our hands together as a nation regardless of skin colour/political afiliations etc to fight against each and every evilnes. we need to proud of our beautifull country and forget about the past

      loftycrane - 2012-11-11 19:07

      Keeping some alive will enable the SAPS to obtain further information which could lead to more arrests.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-11-12 07:17

      Why did they have to shoot a dead poacher?????

      gungets.tuft - 2012-11-12 07:23

      Lofty - exactly. They are the foot soldiers, we need to find the big boys behind them. The syndicates include vets, game ranchers, diplomats, politicians, nature conservation execs, cops. Treat this as organised crime, investigate and find the bosses.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-12 10:25

      Actually Gareth my personal preference would be to shoot them in the stomach and then mutilate them before they bleed slowly to death in agony or are torn to pieces by predators like the vultures just as they do to the rhino.

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-11 18:09

    A horn for a horn .... GOOD! Now get them all!!!!!

      leerobbertse - 2012-11-12 01:48

      Excellent job well done to the hawks, wish you could do the same to those guys that poaching our farmers......

  • trevor.whitehead.94 - 2012-11-11 18:09

    Way to go!!...great stuff!

  • BulletProof. - 2012-11-11 18:09

    Trow away the keys and forget about them.Idiots.

      art5SA - 2012-11-12 10:44

      Rather just shoot them... no need for keys!

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-11-11 18:10

    good work, now shoot the Chinese who fund this

  • gretchen.oswald.3 - 2012-11-11 18:10

    Well done Hawks! Keep up the fantastic work.

  • jerome.appollis.1 - 2012-11-11 18:12

    Nxt time kill all of them bcos now my tax goes toward their jail time! Mofos

  • Sibusiso - 2012-11-11 18:12

    Oh great news, now feed the hungry hyenas with this scumbag

  • mlungisi.botha - 2012-11-11 18:13

    YYYYeSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I hope the attempted murder charge is bolstered by a conspiracy to murder charge. Conspiracy to murder? Yes ...conspiracy to murder rhinos! I think that if they'd shot all of them the message to those waiting in the wings would have been stronger.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-11 19:43

      *sigh* AT LAST ......they should just shoot to kill, dont ask any questions.

  • Bob.Cee123 - 2012-11-11 18:16

    I don't take pleasure in hearing of people dying but this is one of those exceptions.

  • badladballie - 2012-11-11 18:19

    Awesome! That's how you do it.

  • SharonE - 2012-11-11 18:20

    Woohooooo And a rhino is spared to live another day..

  • Johnny - 2012-11-11 18:24

    Excellent job done by Hawks. Now these useless killers can worry about the years and years they will sit behind bars like that Thai who got 40 years. lekker man, lekker . - 2012-11-11 21:22

      and please DONT give them bail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-12 10:30

      I actually object to having to feed this Thai scum in our jail for the next 40 years because it gives his cronies a reason to visit him and shoot more rhinos! Dehorn them and cut out their tongues and send them back to Thailand to rot.

  • Erna - 2012-11-11 18:24

    Good - now for a couple more. Rather let poachers go extinct than and keep the rhino going.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-11 18:24


  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-11-11 18:26

    What an excellent news Sunday afternoon. Congratulation for the Hawks ! Now just go to those 3 bastards and chop their “horn” off, just for fun... And after ask them questions if you really want to.

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-11-11 18:27

    good shoot these scum....SKIET DIE GOED DOOD !!!!!!!

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-11-11 18:28


  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-11 18:32

    Great news. Should be more of it.

  • Joe - 2012-11-11 18:32


  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-11-11 18:41

    can i please join the special anti poaching task voluntarly im sick and tied of those people who are destroying our lovely nature

      mart.botha - 2012-11-12 08:44

      Ernest...there are a number of Anti Poaching Units that are looking for volunteers. Visit Save our Rhino on Facebook and you will get a clear picture of the excellent work these guys are doing.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-11 18:45

    This is really great news to finish off my really crap weekend at work,,well done Hawks. give them all a Bells.

  • Thabiso Davis Davis - 2012-11-11 18:45

    please give them 80 yrs each. enough now.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-12 10:35

      No - rather mutilate them badly and send them back where they came from for their own government to look after or not. I'd rather the money used to feed these scumbag greedy things be spent to feed OUR hungry and destitute people in rural areas and townships. They don't hesitate to kill drugmules from SA - it's cheaper.

  • john.reed.92505956 - 2012-11-11 18:47

    Let them know how the rhinos feel, pull their finger nails and toe nails out!!!

  • mlucejko - 2012-11-11 18:50

    "Well done" HAWKS !! Kill them all !!

  • gvangreunen - 2012-11-11 18:56

    Whooohooo ... awesome news!

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-11-11 19:04

    Fantastic!!!! Pity the other 3 weren't killed at the same time!

  • sarah.sherwood.526 - 2012-11-11 19:16

    Good job....lets see more of this

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-11 19:31

    Shoot to kill , no arrest and prison sh!!!t .

  • - 2012-11-11 19:35

    You Go Hawks! Its time poachers get the message - if you kill, you may get the same medicine.

  • Riaan Venter - 2012-11-11 19:38

    hooray try to shoot more!

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-11-11 19:38

    Well done!!

  • Riaan Venter - 2012-11-11 19:40

    Oh yes and also 40 years for those caught please

  • peter.strydom.37 - 2012-11-11 19:44

    Is the headline real English?

      sally.lewitt - 2012-11-11 23:21


      duggancraig - 2012-11-12 13:14

      Same thought occurred to me ... Shooting dead poachers isn't going to help anyone anyway. We need to be shooting the living ones :-)

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-13 12:05

      It reminds me of a movie clip: "If you kill me I will kill you right back".

  • john.lundt.9 - 2012-11-11 19:49

    Awesome guys.....well done. U have my support.

  • marcia.greune - 2012-11-11 19:51


  • tonyhooper69 - 2012-11-11 19:51

    Give em amnesty for info on the bigger fish.

      ada.akira - 2012-11-11 20:53

      Dude i like your ided amnesty in order to catch big fish

  • mphandejohn - 2012-11-11 19:52

    Good riddance

  • yar.wellnofine - 2012-11-11 20:07

    Substandard marksmanship again. Now we will have a long drawn out trial and a lot of taxpayer expense. Please Hawks shoot straight.

  • karl.vanrooyen - 2012-11-11 20:08

    Hey captain pawl ramalooka ! Hope u not going to take the horn for yourself

  • Kodi Basi - 2012-11-11 20:23

    pay bck time. keep up de good wrk.

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-11-11 20:27

    Hooray well done Hawks

  • christayza - 2012-11-11 20:50

    This is indeed great news - but how on earth do we stop these scumbags from killing one more Rhino?? Headline once again demonstrates the poor quality of our 4th estate colleagues ability to report in English - Headline - Hawks shoot dead Kruger poacher - why on earth would you shoot a dead poacher??

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-11-11 21:01

    Now is that not excellent news!

  • johan.kruger.39 - 2012-11-11 21:24

    Vatso julle bliksems!!

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-11 21:25

    Goeie werk, Hawks!

  • angel.kamp.33 - 2012-11-11 21:28

    congratulations, Hawks.

  • sakkiem - 2012-11-11 21:28

    i could use such headlines everyday

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-11 21:34

    Well done Hawks!!! 40 years for these criminals make sure they go to the same Judge who gave the Thai 40!!!! Death penalty wouldve done it!!! Hawks please also catch the big guys behind this!!!

  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-11-11 21:39

    One bullet, one poacher, one nation!