Suspected rhino poachers caught

2015-09-21 12:26

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Polokwane - Two suspected rhino poachers were arrested in Limpopo on Sunday night, police said.

The Rhino Task Team made the arrest on the R101 between Polokwane and Mokopane and also confiscated a hunting rifle and an axe.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said they received a tip-off that the two were on their way to poach rhino. A task team vehicle spotted them, pulled them off the road and arrested them.

They will appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, which is also World Rhino Day.

This year's theme is ''Not on our Watch" and the Department of Environmental Affairs, in a statement released ahead of an event at the iSimangaliso Wetland Park to mark the day, said South Africa was the world's last hope for the species, which came close to extinction in the 1960s.

According to the latest available figures as of August 27, 2015, 749 rhino had been killed this year - 544 of them in the vast Kruger National Park.

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has said previously that the toll would be much higher were it not for anti-poaching teams which are using all means necessary, including air wings and dog units.

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