Thirty-six suspects, aged between 22 and 40, have been arrested for crimes related to rhino poaching in the past three weeks.
Police say the Rhino 8 Task Team has been relentless in its efforts to bring the down scourge of rhino poaching in the country, particularly in the Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe Game Reserve.
Police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo says the suspects were arrested in parts of Mpumalanga, Limpopo and KwaZulu Natal.
“These suspects were arrested for being found in possession of unlawful arms and ammunition as well as suspected stolen vehicles, a lot of which were recovered, firearms and ammunition, silencers, axes, knives, those that are generally used for poaching of rhinos we also seized.”
“So the fight against the poaching of rhinos still continues. We are working tirelessly around the clock to make sure that we can protect this endangered species,” Vishnu said.
According to Naidoo, despite a multitude of arrests by the Task Team, rhino poachers seem to be showing greater persistence.