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Premier lauds rhino poaching arrests

2012-11-23 12:09

Johannesburg - North West Premier Thandi Modise on Friday commended the Hawks for arresting three men linked to rhino poaching in the province.

She said the arrests of the men in Gauteng on Thursday evening were a breakthrough, and signalled the determination of law enforcement agencies to combat poaching. There was, however, still much work to be done.

"The onslaught against those involved in the cruelty and brutality against the rhino... heritage has to be intensified, for syndicates involved in the evil trade to face the full might of the law."

Modise said the provincial government was considering asking the SA National Defence Force to help.

‘Closing in on the kingpin’

Captain Paul Ramaloko said three men, who lived in Rustenburg, were arrested in central Pretoria, Katlehong and Alberton. Three hunting rifles were confiscated.

"The men are believed to be part of one syndicate and there are still more people involved. Bit by bit we are getting them down. We are closing in on the kingpin."

The men, aged 36 to 58, would appear in Brits Magistrate's Court on Monday. They were linked to a trio arrested on Tuesday for the poaching of eight rhino on the farm Klipkopspruit, near Brits.

Acting on a tip-off, the Hawks found them in their homes in the Lethabo township. One of them was a ranger.

The men, aged between 47 and 59, appeared in the Brits Magistrate's Court on Thursday. Their case was postponed to December 5 for a formal bail application.

Ramaloko said at least 21 rhino were slain in the province this month. He could not confirm if one syndicate was responsible for all the killings.

Comments
  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-11-23 12:18

    Hang all Rhino poachers by their nutz upside down for use as Hyena bait.........bottom line.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-23 12:32

      Why do you want to give Hyenas Jippo guts?

  • customdesign - 2012-11-23 12:22

    Cut off their horns

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-23 12:33

      With a blunt hacksaw blade.

  • simone.roos.18 - 2012-11-23 12:25

    Always an inside job.... bastards don't arrest them shoot them on site!!

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-11-23 12:29

    Great. Torture them and then put them in jail for 40 years too.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-23 12:31

    Well done Hawks, Now to round up the rest.

  • wayne.vandyk.98 - 2012-11-23 12:52

    sny hulle horings tussen hul bene ook af

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-23 13:08

    Now make sure some lame judge won't set them free again.

  • thoka.mphoka - 2012-11-23 13:13

    happy. now chop their horns

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-23 13:15

    Apparently someone at News 24 dislikes me. All my messages are not being posted. ALL I said was that the premier must make certain some lame judge don't set them free again.

  • Grant Davis - 2012-11-23 15:47

    Name and shame them on every front page.

  • silke.kaiser.148 - 2012-11-25 19:18

    Execute them the way they executed those rhino. My thoughts are with the farmer - Such a loss on so many levels.

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