Army steps in to end rhino massacre

Durban – The army has been sent to the Swaziland and Mozambique borders to stop rhino poachers from moving between those countries and South Africa, Ezemvelo KZN chief executive Bandile Mkhize said on Tuesday.

He was addressing the province’s conservation portfolio committee on the rhino poaching crisis at a meeting in Durban.

So far, 570 rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year and, of those, 58 were in KZN.

At the weekend, eight rhinos died when poachers hit a reserve in North West. The Hawks arrested three men – one a park ranger – at their homes in Lethabo township near Brits on Tuesday.

The attack prompted North West Premier Thandi Modise to ask that the army step in as conservation bodies had neither the resources nor the skill to stop the massacre and extinction of one of South Africa’s Big Five.

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