There are hundreds if not thousands of public servants who are facing disciplinary action - they did not benefit directly, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
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Thirteen rhinos have been poached in Botswana in the last two months, the tourism ministry says, as the government tries to crackdown on hunting of the endangered species.
Nineteen-year-old Kgaugelo Neville Ngomane has won a prestigious environmental photographic competition with his powerful image of a rhino dehorning.
Three suspects believed to be the masterminds behind an alleged rhino horn syndicate are expected in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court following their arrest.
The Kruger National Park's anti-poaching task team is investigating possible links between the poaching of rhino in the world-renowned nature reserve and a consignment of horns that customs officials in Hong Kong recently confiscated.
Only two northern white rhinos exist in the world: Both are female and neither can bear calves. But scientists have not given up hope of saving the species from extinction.
The number of rhinos killed by poachers plunged by 25% last year.
I don't know who came up with the idea that as human beings we need rules and laws to regulate almost every part of our existence. From the moment you are born you are registered and the regulations come into effect. Even the parents who brought you into this world act as enforcers of the laws, some of which they themselves don’t even agree with.
The ban on the trade of rhino horns has not only failed to eradicate poaching, but made the illegal market more lucrative for criminals at the expense of this endangered species.
China says it is suspending rule changes allowing the trading in tiger and rhinoceros parts, following an outcry from environmental groups.
Fresh charges of a government cover-up around rhino poaching surface fear and loathing at Engwelezane.
A goat to both Zulu and Xhosa tribes is more than just a sturdy animal uniquely adapted to the harshness of this continent. It is a mystical creature used in rituals and ceremonies.
A "non detriment" report for South African white rhinos says poaching will cost R6 billion over the next 10 years, but allowing hunting could help.
A woman will appear in the Germiston Regional Court after she was caught with two rhino horns inside her vehicle in Bedfordview
Those who are opposed to legal rhino horn trading either do not understand the realities of rhino conservation, or have a vested interest in rhino remaining endangered, writes Peter Oberem.
Further arrests could be made after a South African National Parks (SANParks) employee and three other suspected poachers were arrested in the Kruger National Park in an intelligence driven operation, the managing body has confirmed.
Police have arrested two people at OR Tambo International Airport with 10 pieces of rhino horn worth R2m in their luggage.
Seven Chinese nationals have appeared in a Zimbabwe court after they were arrested last month with rhino horn pieces worth nearly a million dollars.
A Limpopo man who faces a string of criminal charges together with alleged rhino horn kingpin Dawie Groenewald, has been fined R100 000 in a separate case.
Patrick Nkuna was arrested in 2015 in the Kruger National Park during an extended ground and air follow-up anti-poaching operation.
Illegal wildlife trade is one of the greatest threats faced by species globally. In South Africa, nothing makes this point clearer than the rhino poaching we have experienced, writes Ashleigh Dore.
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