102 rhino killed this year

Johannesburg - A total of 102 rhino have been killed since the beginning of the year, the department of environmental affairs said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Albi Modise said the Kruger National Park (KNP) was the hardest hit, with four rhino being killed there this week alone.

A total of 70 KNP rhino have been killed since 1 January.

"In the past 48 hours five alleged poachers were arrested in Limpopo and one in the KNP. This means a total of 40 alleged poachers, among them three alleged couriers, have been arrested since the beginning of the year," said Modise.

Police officers recovered ammunition, rifles and a silencer from the suspected poachers.

A total of 11 rhino have been poached in the North West, 10 in KwaZulu-Natal, seven in Limpopo and four in Mpumalanga.

Modise said while the numbers remained high, there was a slight drop in the number of rhino killed per week.

"[It] may be attributed to the implementation of the turnaround strategy aimed at eliminating poaching by the SA National Parks," he said.

Last year, the country recorded that three rhino were being poached per week.

This year, the number had dropped to two.

Over 630 rhino were killed by poachers in 2012.

Tanya Booysen 2013-02-20 10:47:45 PM
Get the army to protect our Rhino hunt these poachers down as if they were a national threat to our country,no wait they actually are.
Andrew Hendrikse 2013-02-20 10:47:50 PM
we losing this battle... extinction is around the corner...sad,very sad
Jonathan Siddall 2013-02-20 10:50:09 PM
3 rhino a week in 2012? thats adds up to 3x52=156 but 630 got killed? im missing your logic???? and to add to it you always reporting this story, why dont you report on what News24 is doing about it? start posting positive articles
Gungets Tuft 2013-02-20 10:52:36 PM
And still they don't get it. Ever since the Defence Froce was given access to Kruger poaching has escalated. They come and go as they please, no restrictions on where they go, no searches in or out, all the weapons they need. !@#$% sakes, WAKE UP!! We need a completely independent and automomous anti-poaching unit headed up by top investigators and forensic scientists. The top people in both the Defence Force and SANParks are involved, all efforts that involve them will fail.
Jannie Visagie 2013-02-20 11:26:52 PM
Zuma does not know what a rhino is. otherwise he would protect them
Martin Andersen 2013-02-21 12:05:29 AM
It doesn't take a moron to realise something is wrong despite all the effort and money raised. Where is the money going ? Rather use it to build RDP houses and e-tolls.
Cornelius Chikandiwa 2013-02-21 12:30:46 AM
It seems the death of rhinos receive more sympathy than the death of human beings in newspapers. I believe a higher number of human beings have been slaughtered since the beginning of the year.
Sammy 2013-02-21 12:48:15 AM
there are 6 billion humans and like 600 rhino left, i think its worth reporting about the rhino
bluffpirate 2013-02-21 01:02:01 AM
Fortunately the human race breeds like rabbits, unfortunately our rhinos don't.
Llewellyn Arendse 2013-02-21 01:29:01 AM
the people that kill rhino's should have there noses cut off and see how they like it.