Suspected rhino poacher shot dead

2012-03-06 22:06

Johannesburg - SANParks shot dead a suspected rhino poacher and wounded two others at the Kruger National Park on Tuesday, the Hawks said.

"Park rangers noticed four men crossing a river at the Kruger Park and ordered them to stop. The men allegedly shot at the rangers who then returned fire," Colonel McIntosh Polela said in a statement.

One of the poachers died on the scene and two were taken to hospital.

The fourth man was arrested and it was hoped he would lead authorities to another person involved in poaching.

A rifle and several knives, apparently for hacking off rhino horns, were confiscated.

"The arrested man has already admitted to the killing of three rhinos that were killed in the park last week," Polela said.

He was expected to appear in court soon.

  • John - 2012-03-06 22:10

    Excellent shot.....bull eye. Reward the ranger(s) immediatly !!!!

      christo.stone - 2012-03-07 06:54

      Indeed. It could not have ended better.

      Janice - 2012-03-07 07:35

      B R I L L I A N T !!!!!

      Stan - 2012-03-07 08:12

      or immediately if you like...

  • Sharon - 2012-03-06 22:11

    Wonderful!! A rhino was spared to live another day! I find the images of the dead rhino on tv really distressing. Won't have that problem should they show the poacher.

  • Ruan Van Niekerk - 2012-03-06 22:15

    Beste nuus van die dag!!

  • Herman Steytler - 2012-03-06 22:21

    Great news!!!!

  • Zan D. Lang - 2012-03-06 22:31

    Why did they take the wounded men to Hospital??? They should have thrown them back into the river and let the Crocodiles finish them off!!!

      Gungets - 2012-03-07 05:50

      Because the recent successes have been due to crime intelligence, not luck. These guys are the foot soldiers who will lead the authorities to the chain of command that will close down the syndicates. I understand the emotion, but lets try and be a little bit clever about this. We will win because we are cool, calm and collected, not because we become the greater savage.

      Kevin - 2012-03-07 08:09

      You just leave the wounded tied to a tree.

  • Brendan Cluley - 2012-03-06 22:33


  • sariena.robbertse - 2012-03-06 22:33

    Fantastic.Next time kill them all.

  • Brendan Cluley - 2012-03-06 22:33


  • Annette BrandersBraxton - 2012-03-06 22:34

    It is disgusting how our animals are killed so heartlessly! Shot the buggers on site otherwise this poaching of rhinos, and soon elephants, will never stop! Or a law should be introduced as in Arabian countries, cut of the hands of people who steal. That should go for poachers aswell. I have no mercy for poachers and hunters of any kind. Disgusting!!

      Annette BrandersBraxton - 2012-03-07 03:29

      @JacoVintage?, I meant to say illegal hunting. I know there is a huge difference between hunting and illigeal hunting. Sorry if I insulted anybody who hunts for real. Just forgot to say illegal, that's all. Hope mistake is forgiven ;)

  • Brendan Cluley - 2012-03-06 22:34


  • thesaoak - 2012-03-06 22:46

    Great Shot for the Park Rangers!!

  • Grant - 2012-03-06 22:46

    I wreckon we ut a bounty of double what a rhino horn fetches on the market for a poacher, dead or alive. So if a rhino horn gets $250k on the black market we offer $500k for a dead poacher. Turn the tables on these a-holes.

  • Stack - 2012-03-06 22:52


  • Kraken - 2012-03-06 22:56

    1. Cross river at Kruger National Park 2. Ignore park rangers' orders to stop 3. In possession of fire arms an knives used to hack off Rhino horns 4. Shoot AT the park rangers I think rangers should just start shooting after Nr. 1

  • HendrikAfrika - 2012-03-06 22:57

    Well done. Track them down and cut off their noses ( eye for an eye, nose for a horn)

  • papiki.mahlatsi - 2012-03-06 22:57

    Images of killed rhinos are very disturbing, and I believe poachers should also be castrated, and images of castrated poachers should be shared with would be poachers, and have rhino horns pushed hard in their rectums, case closed.

  • Christopher - 2012-03-06 23:01

    Lawrence Anthony's going away present...also with him going bringing the wonderful cyclone to nourish our beautiful animals in KwaZulu Natal....May you rest in Peace...Never forgotten.

  • Jan - 2012-03-06 23:05

    Woohoo, well done Sanparks rangers, way to go!!

  • Multi - 2012-03-06 23:06

    1 killed. 2 wounded. 1 arrested. Seriously how much would the extra 3 bullets cost to put these idiots out of our misery. Now we have to pay for hospital bills, court cases and prison...

  • Duane Klue - 2012-03-06 23:12

    Best News ever!!!!!!! Pls cut ther penises off and feed it to the lions or rhinos. Or better yet cut the fingers off and ther penises and ther toes. And let them rot in jail for life or better yet hang them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hang them!!!!!!! Death sentance!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mabs - 2012-03-06 23:51

    Now we starting to see some much needed action.

  • Rene - 2012-03-06 23:52

    Good job!!

  • Pieter - 2012-03-07 01:51

    Hope no one who fights for Rhino rights eats cows & pigs. They're all being slaughered

      pjsawers - 2012-03-07 02:59

      Ignorant - get an education!

      Warren Nel - 2012-03-07 05:40

      Sheep are very tasty too.

      Heidi - 2012-03-07 07:10

      Yes but they are FOOD, they feed us and keep us alive...not everyoine can afford a lavish vegetarian lifestyle...

      Stephanie - 2012-03-07 07:48

      @Heidi, there is nothing lavish or expensive about being a vegetarian, in fact we spend a whole lot less money and live much healthier lifestyles. Don't use pathetic excuses like that to justify supporting a never ending slaughter of animals. @Pieter, even being a vegetarian I can tell you there is a big difference, what an ignorant comment you just made- having a body riddled with bullets and then having horns sawed off whilst still conscious? Come on think a little

  • pjsawers - 2012-03-07 02:58

    Got ya - you scum!

  • garth.bester2 - 2012-03-07 04:49

    Great news well done. I cant understand why we bother taking the injured to hospital, they dont seem to bother about when they hack of the rhino's horn.

  • Stephen Steyn - 2012-03-07 04:51

    Well done !

  • Mel - 2012-03-07 06:21

    You all have such evil thoughts, how awful living in a country full of hatred.

  • Arlene - 2012-03-07 06:24

    Abolutely the best news for today. Well Done SanParks now if only the legal system does not become soft on these poachers it would be a step in the right direction.

  • Robin - 2012-03-07 06:35

    Excellent news but a quick death from a bullet is far too good for these eco-terrorists who should themselves be de-horned and left in the veldt to bleed slowly to death.

  • Dawie - 2012-03-07 06:36

    Well done and thank you!!!!

  • Sikhumbuzo Hlongwa - 2012-03-07 06:49

    Should be put in an enclosure with a rhino, these fools. All with their natural weapons, rhino and men!

  • Dirk - 2012-03-07 07:01

    AWESOME News , well done.

  • Heidi - 2012-03-07 07:07

    GOOD!! Bastards...leave our poor rhino's alone you ignorant prats!!!! Cut their "horns" off, and just as brutally.

      piperccolt - 2012-03-07 18:41

      Can the authorities selectively havest rhino horns but tranqualizing animals, that way they wouldn't be targets. I know its disfiguring but we've got to save these animals before they are xterminated.

      Alan - 2012-03-07 19:32

      Dehorned rhinos ARE targets. Poachers shoot them to avoid wasting their time by tracking them only to find that they have no horns. You forget, they are inhuman.

  • heather.starbuck - 2012-03-07 07:08

    I applaud Sanparks for their success, and while the recent spate of rhino slaughter has been traumatic and horrific.. what I now find disturbing are the bloodthirsty comments and apparent lack of respect for human life here, irrespective of what they have allegedly done...?

      Stefan - 2012-03-07 16:19

      If men armed with assault rifles cross an international border to do harm to the country and its security forces, they should be met with the full force the security forces are able to bring to bear on them. It is not "bloodthirsty", it is a righteous, appropriate response.

  • Yuri - 2012-03-07 07:28

    *generous applause* encore!

  • ashini.ishwarlall - 2012-03-07 07:52

    Best news I have had all week. Well done to the Park rangers , may God keep you guys safe for doing such an amazing job. I hope that for every poacher shot and killed , you are blessed 1000 times over for the good that you are doing in protecting Gods amazing creatures.

  • Kevin - 2012-03-07 08:11

    One for the Rhino's.

  • SJ Kleynhans - 2012-03-07 08:29

    Save the rhino! Kill the poacher!

  • Den - 2012-03-07 08:55

    good, shoot some more

  • Den - 2012-03-07 08:57

    annette you have no clue.

  • siya.jr - 2012-03-07 08:58


  • Cobus - 2012-03-07 11:26

    Well done!!!

  • natasha.fukuchi - 2012-03-07 11:56

    Good news! Keep the arrests coming - let's nail these bastards and the buyers to the wall!

  • lauraconno - 2012-03-07 12:14

    Yes!!! Keep up the good work and it will send out a message to the Poachers that their horrendous actions will not be tolerated... Great work to the people involved in the arrests etc...

  • darren.peach - 2012-03-07 19:45

    The thing that irks me about poaching in general is we as a collective society think we are so superior to the natural world that we drive species after species to extinction or near extinction untill somebody decides to make a fuss. These animals have as much right to the earth as we do.

  • Charnelle - 2012-03-07 21:38

    Good! Such a pitty this will probably never reach the target market.

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