R500 000 rhino poaching reward offered

2012-02-12 16:58

Polokwane - Limpopo police are offering a R500 000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of rhino poachers or those planning to poach rhinos.

"We need the co-operation of each and every citizen of this province and country to bring the perpetrators to book and stop this slaughter from continuing," Limpopo provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Simon Mpende said on Sunday.

Mpende said the police could not fight the battle alone and public assistance was needed.

In 2011, 74 rhino were killed for their horns in Limpopo. In January, at least 10 rhino were poached in the province. More than 165 rhino have been killed since 2008. Thirty-eight suspected poachers are awaiting trial.

  • boatmedic - 2012-02-12 17:07

    Why are they still awaiting trail? Make examples of them and hack their horns off

  • Denise - 2012-02-12 17:29

    "Limpopo police are offering a R500 000 reward." Sounds wonderful, until one remembers that the Limpopo Govt HAVE NO CASH. An empty promise?

      Jack - 2012-02-12 17:37

      Lol…Just imagine if they offered rewards for corrupt politicians, my goodness the country would be bankrupt!!

  • jacques.buckle - 2012-02-12 17:41

    and how much they offer for rhino horns?

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-12 18:09

    Catch one and set a mother rhino with a baby on him......

  • william - 2012-02-12 18:16


      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-02-14 15:02

      William - Remember that there are a bunch of local South Africans awaiting trial currently! It is not only the rubbish crossing our borders! I feel that locals are giving the poachers the whereabouts of the rhinos, it seems to easy for these rhinos poachers to getbaway with these crimes - one day (hopefully) it will come out that there is such a large syndicate involved here and rhatg they will be caught and sent prison for life without parole. The people involved in these investigations should utilise the money that they have been receiving through donations etc. to go big and stake out possible hotspots with night-vision binoculars and infrared cameras strategically positioned around waterholes and in the bushes and perhaps we can cross our fingers to start picking up their modus opperundy and to build a case and casrch up with these bas...rds! Where there is a will there is a way! It will take patience, but eventually we WILL catch up with them.

  • John - 2012-02-12 18:49

    I want my 500k I've seen Juju Malema with rifle and axe around Limpopo.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-12 20:38

      No John .. He's waiting till they put out a tender on the poachers. Earning a reward is too honest a method for him..or perhaps, or just maybe he could be cashing in on some aspect of this illegal trade.. we'll first have to see what the Hawks come up with.

  • Nherera Lovemore - 2012-02-12 21:03

    im moving 2 limpopo parks 2mrw

  • jack.oosthuysen - 2012-02-12 23:20

    I would do it for free if the SAPS promise not to mess up the conviction.

      fanie.vanrensburg - 2012-02-13 11:22

      I gave them everything.Work for them and they put my life in danger.Paid me R2500 after 2 years.

  • Cillié - 2012-02-13 05:27

    Can any one tell me where one can sign up for volenteering work.

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-02-13 15:56

      Read Fanie,s post. Dont.

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-02-14 15:12

      One has to provide info on the "arresting and conviction" - remember that!

      trishawebbheywood - 2012-02-24 16:43

  • Louise Higham - 2012-02-13 07:18

    When caught the poachers should be dehorned and left for the hyeanas and vultures to finish off

  • Dave - 2012-02-13 09:53

    My bett is the ones waiting trial are all out on bail too

  • Dave - 2012-02-13 09:54

    38 many are out on bail?

  • Gail - 2012-02-13 14:26

    1kg of rhino horn sells for R65,000. A rhino can be bought for R350,000 and it is more valuable dead than alive apparently. Was on the news last night. Rhino horns on display in Europe have had to be replace with replicas. It really begs the question of what these b-s-a-d- will live on when all the rhino's are gone. I say when rather than if since the situation is that bad. On average a rhino is shot everyday in this area - 49 in the first 48 days of the year. They have a 24/7/365 watch on a rhino cow about to give birth. Gestation takes 16months so one rhino cow only produces a calf at best every two years which is why numbers are dropping so rapidly.

      corumana - 2012-02-14 20:17

      Gail, Rhinos does not sell for under R 500 000.00 for White Rhino. Black Rhino is double the price. Young animals might sell for less. Unfortunately most farmers are getting rid of their stock, it is no more investment. Prices will drop and I see dark days ahead if government does not step in.

  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-02-14 14:37

    I hope that they are utilising this time to sharpen the hacksaws to do to them what they did to our majestic rhinos!

  • ciske.kruger - 2012-08-13 11:01

    what is the contact details?????

  • ciske.kruger - 2012-08-13 11:02

    Contact details?????

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