Men ask ranger to de-horn rhino

2012-12-03 13:04

Johannesburg - Two men have been arrested for trying to get a Kruger National Park ranger to kill and de-horn a rhino, Limpopo police said on Monday.

"According to information, the two men, 39 and 35, approached a ranger in the park and asked him to shoot and de-horn the animal because it would be 'easier' for him to do so," Colonel Ronel Otto said in a statement.

"The ranger agreed, but told them that they would need to bring him a firearm, as he could not shoot the animal with his official firearm."

The ranger then contacted the police.

A meeting was arranged between the ranger and the men at Plange village, near Malamulele.

Police arrested the 39-year-old man at a meeting on Sunday evening, and confiscated a hunting rifle and a car.

The 35-year-old man ran to a home of a woman in the village. She alerted community members, who assaulted him. He was in hospital in a serious, but stable condition.

The 39-year-old would appear in the Malamulele Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for possession of an unlicensed firearm and conspiracy to commit a crime, said Otto.

The 35-year-old man would appear in court once he had sufficiently recovered from his injuries, she said.

  • typersa.baddy - 2012-12-03 13:07

    The mob should have killed him!! Well done ranger. We need more guys like you!!

      thabo.mdodo - 2012-12-03 13:12

      how can you condone violence? he will face the full might of the law! Hungry people do straNGE stuff to feed their familie

      christo.stone - 2012-12-03 13:17

      Thabo...there's no excuse for crime...especially if you're killing an endangered species.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-12-03 13:28

      De hirn him,then let him bleed to death!

      rory.n.price - 2012-12-03 13:29

      Thabo, the community should've dehorned him, black or white, have no problem with poachers being shot on site, they are out animals, not the Chinkies, once they gone, they gone for life, unlike the animals that poach them

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-12-03 13:32

      @Thabo. No hungry family will eat a rhino horn. If it was food he was after there are better animals to hunt

      zane.zeiler - 2012-12-03 14:05

      @thabo.mdodo, if he had enough money to supply the ranger with a rifle he probably had enough money for a KFC streetwise meal for his family...

      Doep100 - 2012-12-03 14:08

      LOL, that's like asking a cop to rob a bank for you. Mind you, a cop might just do it too...

  • thabo.mdodo - 2012-12-03 13:10

    is it really nessasary for the comunity to assault him. we all no it is wrong to poach the rhino. but two wrongs dont make a right. he will be punished by the law. no need to be barbaric

      Moi - 2012-12-03 14:10

      That rhino is one of the beautiful things that tourists from all around the world come to see. So yes, the community, who more than likely relies on the tourist trade to survive, was right to assault him because these poachers are also affecting their livelihoods.

      lloyd.olivier.7 - 2012-12-03 14:11

      Hey Thabo! I agree with your statement that two wrongs don't make a right. In this case, however, it is important to remember that this man is a criminal. The problem of the killing of the rhinos has been well publicised, and this man knows the severity of the crime he is about to commit. More than 500 rhinos have been killed this year alone. It is simply selfish on this man’s part to poach rhinos in order to sell the horn for profit. We all lose for his personal gain. It would have been wrong had this guy been innocent. The fact that he is a criminal is a different matter. It is very good that the community helps to fight the rhino poachers. It’s good if the community ‘moers’ the criminals as long as the community does not harm innocent people. It would be wrong if the community killed this man because that would have been unnecessary and criminal. When they do catch a guilty person and they are 100% sure, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that he would have killed the rhino if he could then they are justified in punching him as hard as they possibly can because unfortunately it is the only way that people like this oke will ever learn. We should consider ourselves lucky that the community punched this guy instead of ASSISTING him.

      riette.nothling - 2012-12-04 12:55

      Thabo, if the rapist of a 13-year old girl could not be properly punished by the law, can you imagine what would happen to a poacher? People are sick of lawlessness, it's time that we start cleaning our communities ourselves, obviously the police and government can't get ir right.

  • clintonpa - 2012-12-03 13:12

    Are people seriously that stupid, asking a ranger to kill and de-horn a rhino. Surely they were aware that the rangers are in fact there to protect the local fauna?

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-12-03 13:26

      the ranger should have dehorned them

      Mike - 2012-12-03 13:28

      Taking out a pair of @rseholes such as these two would be akin to throwing HTH in the gene pool ! well done that ranger !

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-12-03 13:29

      Don't be so sure. By virtue of the fact, that more than 320 rhino have been killed in the KNP so far this year, seems to point to insider information as to current location of the animals. Like the police force, one or two of them could be working for the criminals.

      nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-12-03 14:18

      Yes Narike, they should have dehorned them using a blunt machete!

  • earthian.earthian - 2012-12-03 13:12

    Fantastic work... ranger, police and community alike! Now, shall we "De-Horn" the perpetrators!!!???

  • brett.petzer.3 - 2012-12-03 13:14

    GIVE THAT RANGER A BELLS,,,,, and a reward!!!!

      carol.vanniekerk.3 - 2012-12-03 13:40

      Rewarding good behaviour will probably help to prevent corruption - I 2nd this suggestion

  • aspruyt - 2012-12-03 13:17

    Well done Mr. Ranger!

  • desiree.duplessis.10 - 2012-12-03 13:17

    De-horn these idiots!

  • lyn.duplessis - 2012-12-03 13:19

    I would like to thank this amazing ranger for putting our Rhino before anything else - give this man a Bells!

  • ilse.opperman.90 - 2012-12-03 13:19

    what a hero! also the lady who alerted the community (don't agree with the assault, though)

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-12-03 13:27

      oh, but I do

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-03 13:24

    they should de-horn the men than drop them deep in the Park to die..

  • tednhet - 2012-12-03 13:27

    I think they should have their horns cut off with Thabo's as well

  • Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-12-03 13:33

    Give that Ranger a fat bonus!

  • jman.maluleke - 2012-12-03 13:34

    Eish shame vana va vanhu nwina!

  • dianna.sheehan.9 - 2012-12-03 13:34

    @thabo.mdodo - "Hungry people do straNGE stuff to feed their familie" - this wasn't hunger but GREED. No Compassion for either of these two men. Give the village a bells for showing the one their disgust and a double bells to the Ranger who reported the incident. Kudo's to you ! We need more people like you looking after our wildlife. Common KNP he needs an increase !

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-12-03 13:37

    mr ranger has just signed his own death certificate he must make sure dat he quits his job b4 they come back from jail.

      jman.maluleke - 2012-12-03 13:41

      @IVhukeya atleast the public knows that the whistle-blower signed his own death certificate by reporting the crime to the law enforcement officers, should anything happen to the Ranger the same culprits would be held liable..

      terra.schoultz - 2012-12-03 14:18

      here we go lvhukeya, thinking like the govm, the African way. Idiot alert!!!

      ohattingh - 2012-12-03 14:21

      You sound like a poacher yourself.... you're signing your own death certificate purely by posting this disgusting comment... If I were you, I'd watch my back on the way to work, idiot, you may just get de-horned yourself.

      Doep100 - 2012-12-03 14:56

      ID TEN T

  • jman.maluleke - 2012-12-03 13:37

    Let them de-p*nis...and see if they can enjoy their lives without the private horn

  • Lynbru - 2012-12-03 14:01

    Thumb up for the ranger!!!

  • Erna - 2012-12-03 14:17

    And they're stupid on top of it.

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-12-03 14:23

    Lekker.. ek hoop hulle het jou dik gebliksem

  • Grant Davis - 2012-12-03 14:38

    Good work ranger

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-04 08:06

      Give that man a Bells !!!

  • linda.duits - 2012-12-03 14:51

    Reminds me of dumb and dumber!

  • tertius.aswegen - 2012-12-03 15:20

    Well done power ranger and to the community that kicked some ass!

  • louiseanne.vandermerwe - 2012-12-03 17:27

    What a good feeling this story has to it other than the sad after affects we continuously read about our precious rhinos. Well done to the ranger.

  • owendixonpaver - 2012-12-03 17:39

    He should not be allowed to recover from his injuries.

  • colleen.wright1 - 2012-12-03 17:54

    Well done Ranger makes me feel so happy that there are still people like you that protect our rhinos and not corrupt !!!

  • colleen.wright1 - 2012-12-03 17:57

    Thabo what are you thinking ?????? bet u behind poaching BIG TIME !!!!!

  • wayne.nefdt - 2012-12-05 11:28

    Well done to the ranger. I truly hope you are rewarded for not being tempted. As to the majority of comments on this & especially those aimed at Thabo - people please take a step back, take a breath & reassess your behaviour. Reading through the comments it is as if one is caught in a time-warp & in the frenzy of a bygone witch-hunt wherein any slight deviation from the mob mind, whether in thought or action, is interpreted as guilt & reason to be burnt at the stake. In combatting any barbaric behaviour, such as Rhino poaching, let us not become barbaric ourselves, to do so, we simply render the number of Rhino that walk as meaningless. What good is achieved in allowing our humanity to be poached instead? Our frustration is derived from helplessness & despair at this senseless slaughter of our wildlife whilst those we have appointed to enforce swift, decisive action, with equally harsh & meaningful punishment against perpetrators seem to either be unaware of the gravity of the situation - or themselves part of the problem. So lets not take a single relatively 'accidental victory ' against the minor players in this game & turn it into a blood-dance of senseless jubilation whilst at the same time turning on each other like wild-dogs. & taking behaviour not previously acceptable & suddenly condoning it as deserved & righteously so. We need Thabo to be constantly asking questions & thinking differently - if we all think the same then no-one is thinking!

  • silvio.bretscher - 2012-12-05 18:00

    Thanks wayne.nefdt, well said! Have been working as a game ranger for different nationalparks and game reserves throughout many african countries; protecting our wildlife is the most important role - especially if it comes to rhino poaching. But as a community to assault people - guilty or not, is acting like criminals, and that's deffinitely not the right way to solve our problems! So thanks again wayne for his wisely spoken words!

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