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Thu Apr 24 21:30:19 SAST 2014

Small victories boost morale

SCHALK MOUTON | 26 November, 2012 00:290 Comments
Rhinos in the Kruger National Park.
Image by: Bruce Gorton

Though the number of rhino poached this year has reached a record, investigators believe they will win the fight.

Three alleged poachers arrested for killing eight rhino and cutting off their horns at the Finfoot Nature Reserve, near Sun City, last week are expected to appear in the Brits Magistrate's Court today.

A Vietnamese man was arrested in Pemba, in Mozambique on November 15.

Spokesman for the general command of the Mozambican police Raul Freia told the Malaysian News Agency Bernama.com that the 58-year-old Vietnamese, Van Nga, was found with six rhino horn in his possession while about to board an aircraft. Freia did not give the man's destination.

In the past eight weeks in North West alone 19 rhino have been killed but investigators do not believe they have "lost the war".

Eleven rhino were reportedly killed on Braam van Greuning's farm, Hartzhoogte, near Schweizer-Reneke. Two weeks later, a group of poachers hit Miles Lappeman's farm, Finfoot Nature Reserve, near Sun City, killing eight rhino but getting away with only six horns.

"It is a good thing that the authorities arrested a Vietnamese suspect in Pemba and the three appearing in Brits. It shows that the South Africans and Mozambicans are putting a bit more focus on the issue," said an investigator.

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