Calvyn van Wyk
1 minute read
9 Feb 2017
3:56 pm

Yet another rhino poached at Polokwane Game Reserve

Calvyn van Wyk

This is not the first rhino poaching incident at the Polokwane Game Reserve, which left many questioning the security around the reserve.

Rhino file picture: Lowvelder

Another rhino has been shot and killed at the Polokwane Game Reserve.

Municipality spokesperson Matshidiso Mothapo confirmed the unfortunate incident, which occurred on Monday, and said the matter had been reported to the police and other relevant authorities for investigations, Review Online reported.

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“The incident is now handled by outside authorities, and due to security and its sensitive nature, the municipality has been advised no to release any information regarding the matter,” he said.

This is not the first rhino poaching incident at the Polokwane Game Reserve, which left many questioning the security around the reserve.

In June 2016, three rhinos were shot and killed, and again in January 2017, another rhino was also shot and killed.

In all these incidents, the rhinos were dehorned, and in some cases the eyes, intestines, tail and part of the skin was also removed.

Mothapo, however, said the municipality could not discuss the plans around the security.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto confirmed the incident, saying a case of illegal hunting has been opened.

Investigation is still ongoing, as no suspects have been apprehended.

– Caxton News Service

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