Probe continues after 6 rhino found dead

2012-08-10 19:02

Johannesburg - No arrests have been made after six rhino carcasses were found in a game reserve in North West, and another rhino was found dehorned but alive, police said on Friday.

"Investigations are continuing," said Naidoo.

The six carcasses were found at Borakalalo Game Reserve, situated 60km north of Brits, on Tuesday, said spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo.

"Another rhino was found alive but without its horn at the Madikwe Game Reserve on the same day."

Madikwe is about 90km north of Zeerust.

The six carcasses had no horns, he said.

Nearly 300 rhinos have been poached this year, according to the environmental affairs department.

Last year, 448 rhinos were poached countrywide, 252 of these in the Kruger National Park.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-10 19:32

    Man, this makes me angry.

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-08-10 20:43

      ...and sick!! They must catch the f#ckers and show no mercy!!!

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-08-10 19:55

    Who's going to save our beautiful beautiful rhino? This is just criminal beyond words :(

  • veldt66 - 2012-08-10 20:00

    Out of control & extremely depressing! How will this get stopped.?

  • Andre - 2012-08-10 20:19

    The punishments are not severe enough. Save the rhino and de-horn a poacher!

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-10 20:33

    non negotiable death penalty for these bastards HANG THEM

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-08-10 21:08

    Please somebody sponsor a few choppers (equipped with night vision after sunset) to patrol frequently. Put an experienced and commissioned police officer on board to take charge, get experienced tactical personnel to join the team and catch the poachers. No bail for the poachers before they have revealed the identity of their "bosses" and have given evidence that can lead to an arrest. .....I wish!!!

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-08-10 21:11

    For as long as our borders are not secured, these species will face extinction. Our government is also in bed with China who are major customers of these rhino horns.

      esme.collins1 - 2012-08-11 13:26

      Remember that there are officials from all levels who are involved!!

  • tembelanijokazi - 2012-08-11 08:06

    tjo!soon we will not see any rhino,a huge animal killed 4 a 60cm horn!we should photograph nd dehorn all our rhinonos,the of a horn,i can spend it one click bt may take years 2breed a rhino

  • mike.roy.7798 - 2012-08-15 21:47

    The first time i went to Borakalalo i was 13 and fell in love with the place from the get go,it really boils my blood to hear that poachers have now decimated the rhino population in this small piece of paradise that has always been off the tourist map and therefor one of the best game reserves in South Africa in my opinion.

  • cominco2 - 2012-09-11 08:53

    Time to put and end to their game.

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