Soldiers kill poachers in Kruger Park

2011-05-19 22:08

Johannesburg - Three suspected rhino poachers have been shot dead in the Kruger National Park, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) said on Thursday.

Spokesperson Marinda Meyer said: "Three poachers were fatally wounded in the Kruger National Park north of the Olifants River at Houtbosrand on Wednesday about 20:00.

"The poachers fired on the SANDF soldiers, who returned fire," she said.

An AK-47 assault rifle, a hunting rifle, two axes and two cellphones were found in the men's possession.

Soldiers started guarding the park's borders in April 2010.

"The SANDF contributes and plays a very critical role in the curbing of rhino-poaching as part of their support to [SA National Parks] along the Kruger National Park, which borders the neighbouring countries," said Meyer.

  • Leviathan - 2011-05-19 22:20

    nice SANDF! these poachers must learn.

      Lennox - 2011-05-19 22:57

      The poachers were warned a month ago by the acting head of SANDF...... Safeguarding the country's borders had become a national priority, said Matanzima, and he warned rhino poachers not to take them on. "Pulling a gun against a soldier is the last thing they should attempt to do," he said. Actions speak much louder than words, good on you SANDF, poor rhinos, now I can have a peaceful sleep knowing that the DA rules in Cape Town as well.

      Blougroen - 2011-05-20 00:23

      Yes nice - but how will these poachers learn if they are in a "fatally wounded" state ??

      aarchaic - 2011-05-20 07:47

      @Lennox i'm glad the SANDF actualy operates. Some one asked earlier in the week on one of the other post why do we need an army anymore what do they need to protect. AND THIS IS WHAT THEY NEED TO DO! they need to protect us as South africa not just us as people but our national treasures, our wild life, our amazing landscapes, Minerals, Our borders where we have a huge inflow of illegal aliens. I wish they can in some way bring back the old system of compels every person to do a 2 year service to the country this alone will start building big ties between everyone!

      Big 5 - 2011-05-20 09:09

      Truly agree, they must learn... I mean how stupid must you be to go poaching in the kruger national park...

      Lekabisto - 2011-05-20 09:21

      @Blougroen, the "fatally wounded" poachers are actually the lesson to other poachers and would be poachers.

      Hans - 2011-05-20 14:01

      I am so happy-this the poachers will understand.This is the only way to stop poaching.

  • FFS - 2011-05-19 22:25

    The poachers are dead, but the people who hire them are free, and will remain so. The problem will go on until the wealthy and 'respectable' people who fund the poaching are sent to prison for life, and have all their assets forfeited to benefit wildlife protection agencies.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-19 22:33

      Indeed. Kill all the poachers except one, shoot him in the leg or something, then get him to talk about who hired him.

      GT - 2011-05-19 22:34

      Quite correct, but at least the price of finding foot soldiers is going up. Lead at 3000ft/s is the best answer on the ground. The police are so deep in the underworld, I wonder if they will ever catch the syndicate bosses.

      Mzungu - 2011-05-19 22:48

      I am completely for Prof. Van Hovens advice of farming rhino horn as the only real-world solution to this problem. At a kilo a year, and at $50k a kilo, this would be a wise investment as well.

      Anarchist - 2011-05-20 09:15

      Correct me if im wrong but they did say they recovered two cell phones ? Well if so they were not carrying them for show, they need to check and trace the numbers on those phones and then check and see the call made from the other phones and so you carry on, sooner than later dots will start connecting and then surveillance and investigations can be arranged, thise two cell phones will open a very big BOX

      Barry - 2011-05-20 10:12

      @ Martin du Plessis ....and then after He has spoken...........KILL Him !

  • Vuzi - 2011-05-19 22:29

    At least some good news today. If I lived in cape town I would be a most excellent day.

      Creeky - 2011-05-20 00:18

      Strange how we ALL stand together when the Poacher Scum get killed.... Then we just are so proud of the SANDF...We are UNITED as a people.... Yet otherdays it is ATTACK...ATTACK and Racism... ROFLMAO!!! Well done tothe SOLDIERS anyway!! JOB WELL DONE!!! Well done to the DA too! Mrs Zille you made some significant INROADS!!!!!

      Winston - 2011-05-20 14:16

      @ Creeky. Good point. Maybe SA should be invaded by another big nation. This will pull us all together as ONE to fight for OUR COUNTRY! instead of each other...

  • Goddok - 2011-05-19 22:36

    Well Done SANDF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Wedfew - 2011-07-05 08:06

      Which Dumb F*cker clicked thumbs down?

  • Francis - 2011-05-19 22:42

    Good for the SANDF, the poachers got what they deserve, but I agree with FFS, its the ones who hire the poachers who should be caught and shot as well as the ones who purchase the Rhino horn. These poachers are now dead, and probably they only get a pittance for their efforst anyway.

  • Mzungu - 2011-05-19 22:44

    Great stuff boys

      Fision - 2011-07-05 08:19

      Wedfew - go home troll. Leave the forums to the grown-ups

  • Rob Gunning - 2011-05-19 22:47

    Yeah! Now thats where I like to see my tax R's go.

      bent5000 - 2011-05-20 14:15


  • anned - 2011-05-19 23:01

    Absolutely fantastic! Now the navy should also get with the program and start hunting the illegal trawlers in our waters.

  • Skuinskoek - 2011-05-19 23:04

    WOW, proud of my colleagues! Go, Guys & Girls, we salute you. Just keep your heads level and make us proud, don't get cheap trigger-happy!

  • Bob - 2011-05-19 23:07

    Give those guys some bells

  • Bob - 2011-05-19 23:15

    Well done!

  • POLLENYS - 2011-05-19 23:28

    Don't shoot them! First put syrup on them and spread them over an anthill.

  • Charles Kane - 2011-05-19 23:34

    Go army!

  • tokoloshe - 2011-05-19 23:48

    Awesome Job Guys!!!!! Shoot all the bastards!!!

  • nathanjaysa - 2011-05-20 00:08

    Damm RIGHT!!! u dont mess with the SANDF, poachers should know by now killing one of our BIG Five animals will cost there there lifes, the way they go on to make Viagra creams with rhino horn will not be tolerated in our country. SANDF 3 Poachers 0

      Creeky - 2011-05-20 07:03

      Viagra from Rhino horn??? Ok maar lekker Stupid!

      Palomino - 2011-05-20 08:30

      Viagra is not made from Rhino horn. It is true, however that the market for Rhino horn is idiotic orientals that believe that powedered Rhino horn will increase their libido. So the only way to stop poaching is to eliminate the market for Rhino horn through enlightening oriental men that drinking these powders will not make their willy stand up!

  • MILLERWTF - 2011-05-20 05:26

    Great news that poachers were killed but they are the ones who have to do the dirty work and get paid peanuts by the dealers. The scum that stood in the dock recently are the ones who should get shot - sickening that these were so-called civilized people , men and women, and the most shocking was the a veterinary surgeon was one of the gang. Greed makes you blind and money seems to justify anything . Even worse, these bastards can afford expensive legal defence with the rhino blood money they have already pocketed.

  • Tanya - 2011-05-20 05:56

    About time! These poor animals, what they have to suffer! Kill all the poachers!!!!!!

  • pig - 2011-05-20 06:56

    well done give them a bonus !!!!!!

  • Speedy - 2011-05-20 07:31

    Does anyone have the latest score? I think the Rhino's are still losing. The SANDF are doing a good job there. Some say that we blast them (SANDF) a lot, but let's face it, if they do a good job they will get praise. But if they mess up, they must get blasted as well!

      Flasheart - 2011-05-20 14:15

      Slight slip-up on my last list. But for those keeping score around 22 Poachers have been killed by Rangers/Soldiers according to known SA media reports from 2007. 2 Rangers have been killed in that time. The total Rhino losses are another matter... 14Dec2007 - 1x Poacher killed by Rangers 25Dec2007 - 1x Poacher killed by Rangers 01Jun2008 - 2x Poachers killed by Rangers 28Dec2009 - 1x Poacher killed by Rangers 19Apr2010 - 2x Poachers killed by Rangers 21Nov2010 - 1x Poacher killed by Rangers 12Jan2011 - 5x Poachers killed by Rangers 07Feb2011 - 4x Poachers killed by Rangers 08Mar2011 - 1x Poacher killed by Ranger 25Mar2011 - 1x Poacher shot dead by Ranger 19May2011 - 3x Poachers killed by Soldiers So it's definitely something that is escalating. And no matter how many poachers get killed or wounded in the odd contact, the Rhino will always come off second best. Let's hope the SANDF can limit their successes.

  • aarchaic - 2011-05-20 07:36

    I Say if you see a guy where he is not suppose to be Shoot first ask questions later! The poachers should get the message there is no reward in poaching and that they will die if found rather than being convicted in a flawed justice system that the criminal has more rights than anyone else and gets away on Technicalities

  • leroux20 - 2011-05-20 07:51

    give that man a BELLS!

  • Jim - 2011-05-20 07:51

    That is a good thing. The soldiers sit doing nothing most the time, and getting paid, so this is a great idea protecting our animals whilst they do their service. The should also do patrols and stop the illegal imigrants getting in as well. Best news I have heard for a long time.

  • StJohn - 2011-05-20 07:52

    Good news on such a bleak news day! I feel better already!

  • Dirk - 2011-05-20 08:17

    AWESOME..... Well Done SANDF.....

  • Palomino - 2011-05-20 08:25

    The only way to stop Rhino poaching is to kill the market for the product. Oriental men believe that ingesting powdered rhino horn will improve their sex life. So educate these ignorant idiots!!!

  • Joy - 2011-05-20 08:46

    Congratulations SANDF !! Three more scum gotten rid of !

  • Christo - 2011-05-20 08:50

    Good riddance!

  • joe joe - 2011-05-20 08:55

    Great news ... these scum got what they deserved

  • nelannalene - 2011-05-20 09:15

    wonderlike nuus ! hoop al die moordenaars word dood geskiet. net jammer die groot menere wat agter dit sit, kom niks oor nie.

  • Nadine - 2011-05-20 09:26

    FANTASTIC, keep up the great work. All poachers should be eliminated this and then they can work their way up to the king pins of the organisation and eliminate them too. Put a permanent stop to poaching.

  • Pantera - 2011-05-20 09:29

    well done SANDF! there is no diffference between illegal rhino poaching and illegal perlemoen poaching. now is the time to call in the SANDF(navy) to stop perlemoen poaching as well!

  • Ivanovich - 2011-05-20 10:02

    Pretty bloodthirsty bunch we are - rejoicing in the death of people who are certainly not the root cause of the problem. I'll bet their bosses saw them simply as expendable, and their deaths a minor set-back and perhaps a reason to increase prices. And I'll bet that as you go higher up the chain, they'll care even less. Good work by the SANDF, but its a real pity its come down to this.

      bent5000 - 2011-05-20 14:33

      Valid point Ivan, but this is better then nothing hey

  • raspatin - 2011-05-20 10:40

    Should have arrested them ,why killing them ...why !? .Its one AK versus ten R4's.Poachers are also people who need jobs,food and life.What if they were tourists ? "Shoot to kill" is unconstitutional.

      Flasheart - 2011-05-20 12:20

      Let's see you try and arrest a group of "tourists" trespassing on a game reserve while being armed with automatic rifles. Ranger's have been killed in the past while trying to make arrests by other poachers hiding elsewhere. Most of these guys are ex-soldiers or ex-rebels who don't respect law or life anyway. Kill them on sight and leave them for the lions.

      JustinD - 2011-05-20 13:47

      Nah, kill the bastads rather.....

      bent5000 - 2011-05-20 14:43

      Read the article properly bru! "The poachers fired on the SANDF soldiers, who returned fire" I would like to see you telling the poachers "please stop shooting at us so we can arrest you" "Poachers are also people who need jobs,food and life" I've got a job that abides by the law, so does everyone else. Come on now man, Are you a poacher?

      Flasheart - 2011-05-20 17:24

      @bent. The only thing raspatin can poach is electricity.

  • zoe.hope - 2011-05-20 10:53

    l'm all for it. We haven't got a shortage of people, have we? The sanctity of life doesn't end when we get to animals or when it suits us.

  • Winston - 2011-05-20 14:10

    Shoot first, ask questions later!!! these poachers should be tied behind a bakkie and dragged to the nearest river, and fed to the crocs...

  • Hansie - 2011-05-20 14:17

    The best news that I have recieved this year. Kill all poachers without asking questions. VIVA SANDF VIVA

  • Jakkals - 2011-05-20 15:59

    Dink net as plaasmoordenaars so doodgeskiet kon word

  • Sharon - 2011-05-22 12:49

    I hope other poachers hear about this and know that they could lose their lives - words don't seem to have worked, bullets do.

  • oupag - 2011-06-20 16:52

    Kill more of these bastards.............we don't neeed them maybe needed in hell.

  • Sharon Smith - 2011-07-01 22:58

    Well done guys..

  • Lyn - 2011-07-11 16:23

    Thank you SADF.

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