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946 rhino killed in 2013

The latest figure was released by the Department of Environmental Affairs on Thursday.

An official from the National Wildlife Crime Reaction Unit uses a metal detector to search for bullets on dead rhino. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A total of 946 rhino have been poached since the beginning of 2013, the Department of Environmental Affairs confirmed on Thursday.

The latest figures show 278 more rhino were killed this year, when compared to 2012.

Department spokesperson Roopa Singh said, “The total number of rhino that has been poached since January 2013 has increased to 946 while in 2010, it was 333, in 2011 448 and last year 668.” 

Earlier in December, the South African National Parks (SANParks) said it hoped the sentencing of a rhino poacher to six years behind bars would send a strong message to others.

Musa Simango and two of his accomplices were cornered by a ranger in the Kruger National Park in October.

One of the suspects was killed in a shootout while another managed to escape.

The 19-year-old Mozambican national was found guilty of attempted rhino poaching, unlawful possession of ammunition and trespassing.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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