Rhino poachers get 25 years each

2012-02-01 07:43

Johannesburg - Three rhino poachers were sentenced to 25 years each by the Phalaborwa Regional Court on Tuesday, according to an SA National Parks (SANParks) spokesperson.

The three, all Mozambicans, were found guilty of illegally hunting rhino in the Kruger National Park in July 2010.

SANParks CEO David Mabunda said the sentence was harsher than it had been in other similar cases.

"This is an indication that, as a country, we are taking more stringent measures in the fight against rhino poaching," he said.

Aselmo Baloyi, Jawaki Nkuna and Ismael Baloy were also found guilty of possessing an illegal firearm (an automatic rifle), possession of a firearm (a hunting rifle) and possession of ammunition.

They were caught with two freshly chopped rhino horns, an assault rifle, a hunting rifle and an axe.

Mabunda said that last year 232 suspected poachers were arrested, including 26 who died in fights with the authorities.

  • rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-02-01 07:45

    Well done, do not allow parole!!!

      George - 2012-02-01 08:33

      No dont lock them up, let them lose in the middle of the kruger park, this time with no guns and bare foot, and then listen to them cry

      George - 2012-02-01 08:34

      PS. will save sa a lot of money and feed the animale at the same time

      Jou - 2012-02-01 08:42

      25 years converted to actual time in a South African jail is really 5 years.

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-01 09:13

      @George: I could not agree more, although the sentencing is great, we now have to feed and clothe these bastards for the rest of their lives and they have done nothing to contribute to our economy except steal from it. They should shoot poachers onsite and ask questions later.

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-01 09:14

      They say if you drink poachers blood, it willcure AIDS

      David - 2012-02-01 10:23

      Good on you judge, now you three be horny and your cellmates B@TCH, he love you long time and not for $5-00.

      Janice - 2012-02-01 11:51

      NOT LONG ENOUGH!!!!!

  • John - 2012-02-01 07:46

    Well Done....throw the key also!

  • Ian - 2012-02-01 08:04

    EXCELLENT NEWS, hope they dont get shaikalitis or selibisitis

      Iva - 2012-02-01 09:36

      this only happens to a selected few :))))

  • naude.andrea - 2012-02-01 08:08

    I am absolutely amazed and glad that our legal system is working in SOME sectors very well. Now for the deportation of all Chinese and Taiwanese citizens remotely connected to this.

      Angela - 2012-02-01 08:26

      No deportation, also 25 years in our wonderful jail system!

      Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-02-01 08:33

      I agree. If you do a crime in our country then you must serve the crime in our prisons, and this is what Dewani is avoiding. Look at how many SA drug mules are in overseas prisons? Some have even been executed on those foreign lands where they've comitted the crimes. So why should we hand back the wrongdoers to their own countries? We should do the same with these cretins that come to our beautiful country to do crime. Throw them all at Pollsmoor or Westville or Suncity. Sikhathele.

      dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-02-01 09:32

      Only after making them serve a 10 year sentance in our AIDS infested system. Deport every single person associated with this practice.

  • David - 2012-02-01 08:09

    Well done! Lock these animals up for a long time. Fortunately in jail they will get as many "horns" as they like and more.

      Ethel - 2012-02-01 08:35

      Animals don't kill for profit or personal gratification.

  • theadahms - 2012-02-01 08:09

    This is FANTASTIC news!!! Could have shot them rather but this is good enough for now.

  • Ian - 2012-02-01 08:11

    justice has been served but why must we keep the trash alive, hang them, just hope they dont pull a moodley and suddenly decide how 'cleverer' they are, I wish all 4 of you bastards would hang

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2012-02-01 08:13

    This is the punishment each and every poacher should receive. no option of parole

  • Sandra - 2012-02-01 08:15

    Best news Ive heard this year. Now for the next lot awaiting trial. They too should go to jail. Sort these guys out once and for all. Well done.

  • Ronnie - 2012-02-01 08:20

    Death penalty would be better but anyway

  • Tami - 2012-02-01 08:25

    But what ever happened to that Groenewald guy?

  • Angela - 2012-02-01 08:27

    Excellent first move, just a pity they are getting 25 years of free meals now.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-02-01 08:27

    The strange this is that our justice system gives more strict sentences when harm is done to animals.

  • Michelle - 2012-02-01 08:27

    As much as I am happy with the sentence, its appaling that our courts sentence a child-murderer to 13 years (father who killed his 2 year old son), but the killing of a rhino gets you 25 years. Is there more value placed on an animal than an innocent child? Shameful justice system.

      Jou - 2012-02-01 08:43

      Totally agree.

  • Gerhard - 2012-02-01 08:28

    It would have been better if of the 232 that was arrested, 26 survived fights with the authorities!

  • Assis - 2012-02-01 08:29

    Good news...keep up the good work Sanparks.

  • deidre.rautenbach - 2012-02-01 08:30

    Still think it is a good idea to poison the horns... that way ALL involved will stop the poaching! How about putting something in the poison that lets it fall off instead of rise??

      Graham - 2012-02-01 16:37

      They are doing that now.

  • Brendon Alberts - 2012-02-01 08:31

    I wish juju diaLEMA would get caught poaching.

  • Lynn - 2012-02-01 08:35

    Well done.

  • Michelle - 2012-02-01 08:39

    Bloody high time these murderers get their come uppance!!

  • Graham - 2012-02-01 08:44

    What happened to the helicopter pilot and vet, when are they going to be taken to task?

  • WotzisName - 2012-02-01 08:45

    Bloody brilliant! About time our legal system pulls finger and makes a stand against these barbaric murderers!

  • Snoopsy - 2012-02-01 08:46

    This is simply not enough!!! Firstly, How the hell do they cross our borders? Oh sorry, forgot, we no longer have border patrol thanks to the ANC. Just fling open our borders and welcome all that is an ilegal immagrant, and criminal. Then when caught, only 25years? 25 years of sleeping on bed, being fed 3x a day, opportunity for education, and this all at the tax payers expence! Flok Man!!! They should be left in the park, no food, no clothes, no guns, and we will just sit back and watch. Ja, ek dink dit sal werk.

  • Mhlophe - 2012-02-01 08:58

    I heard that the blood of a rhino poacher will cure AIDS. Spread the word!

      Louise Higham - 2012-02-01 11:25

      Yes definitely it works but they must kill the poacher first.

  • Allen - 2012-02-01 09:00

    Why put them in jail where the taxman has to now pay for them to be fed. Helicopter - rhino killers - ocean QED.

  • Sean - 2012-02-01 09:01

    A step in the right direction but it's a pity the taxpayers will have to fit their ‘living’ bills...

  • Anthony - 2012-02-01 09:03


  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-02-01 09:30

    String the basta@#s up and de horn them without anaesthetic. Hack their nuts off with a rusty panga and sell them for muti. I'm sure there's a market in Asia that'll buy them.

  • Stan - 2012-02-01 09:40

    That's quite RIGHT!!!

  • Garth - 2012-02-01 10:12

    `. . . 232 suspected poachers were arrested, including 26 who died in fights . . .' so they arrested the 26 and then gave them the correct sentence? These pawns of the chinese will not spend 25 years in jail and this is merely a smokescreen to deflect the anger. We cannot trust the useless anc anywhere, anyhow.

  • Johan - 2012-02-01 10:19

    I take it that those who kill people will get harsher sentences than this in future or are we as a society not yet tired enough of all the human death and mayhem?

  • Ian - 2012-02-01 10:28

    not stringent enough! the public still has to pay for their upkeep! what happens after their parole time is up??? need more stringent measures to ensure that the poachers already behind bars are made prime examples of! this so that it discourages other people to step up in the jailed poachers footsteps!

  • Alf - 2012-02-01 10:32

    mmm...more than for murder?

  • Jean-Louis - 2012-02-01 10:34

    ivan.coetzee2 - February 1, 2012 at 09:14 Report comment "They say if you drink poachers blood, it will cure AIDS" Hey but this IS TRUE !!!! you must say it to everyone everyone everyone - no joke !!!

      Louise Higham - 2012-02-01 11:22

      Make that dead ones only

  • benaicker - 2012-02-01 10:36

    These guys need to be treated like they are in China.

      Garth - 2012-02-01 10:43

      And how exactly, are rhino poachers treated in China?

      Sean - 2012-02-10 14:28

      Garth - with loads of money...?

  • Jacqui - 2012-02-01 10:45

    Throw away the keys. Asians caught here should get similar sentences instead of being shipped out of the country.

  • jacqueslayll - 2012-02-01 10:46

    give them life! behind bars!!!!!

      Jean-Louis - 2012-02-01 11:35

      AND place a nice picture of a rhino on the wall -

      Sean - 2012-02-10 14:34

      @Jean - It would probably turn the ba....rd on if you place a pic of a rhino on his cell wall!

  • duanedrop - 2012-02-01 11:49

    Better sentence that what is normally handed down. Still not enough in my opinion though

  • Rubberdog - 2012-02-01 11:51

    They will be better off having the SA taxpayer look after them than they would otherwise be. Roof over their heads, a bed and 3 meals a day. A more suitable punishment must be invented.

  • chris.piro2 - 2012-02-01 11:52

    great sentencing by the Justice system keep it up

  • djmain1 - 2012-02-01 12:18

    These are the small fry - plenty more where they came from. The kingpins have to be nailed.

      Sean - 2012-02-10 14:42

      djmain - I agree, they are in our custody, now let's make use of the 25 years and interrogate the to find the kingpins and the precise way in which they operate, how they get into the country, how they get the horns out (who is paid underhand at border control) etc. I can supply the generator to keep the jumper cables fully opperational! :-)

  • Penny - 2012-02-01 12:34

    great now lets get equal justice by sentencing the fat white game farmers, vets, the kingpins of these poaching operations to same or longer time behind bars, that will send a strong message and have the local communities they live in and their spouses squealing about unfairness to the 'white okes'but they were the ones who benefitted financially from the poaching and made their choices to rape and rip the heart out our heritage in the first place - no remorse shown by any of them - selfish pricks

  • Garysyd705 - 2012-02-01 13:29

    Did you know the blood of a rhino poacher can cure HIV and AIDS. Spread the word!

  • Naneek - 2012-02-01 15:44

    With the severe sentences handed down to these three poachers it is great to see that the authorities are taking rhino poaching and indeed the possible extinction of two species more seriously. It is however only a drop in the ocean of the whole rhino poaching and rhino horn industry. It is normally the pawns such as these that are caught on the ground, in order to really make a dent in the number of rhino we will see poached this year in south Africa the authorities are going to have to start targeting the horn smugglers, exporters and finally the groups that are creating such a demand for this unique form of keratin, the rhino’s horn.

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