Two suspected rhino poachers arrested

Two more men were arrested in Rustenburg in connection with poaching at the Finfoot Game Reserve.

North West Premier Thandi Modise has welcomed the arrests of suspected rhino poachers.

JOHANNESBURG - North West police on Friday arrested two more men in connection with rhino poaching at the Finfoot Game Reserve.

In a space of a week, eight rhino were killed on the reserve.

Late on Thursday evening, another wounded animal was found on the game farm.

This brings the total number of arrests to eight.

The Hawks' Paul Ramoloko said, "We arrested two more suspects at a squatter camp just outside Rustenburg. They will appear in court on Monday."

Meanwhile, North West Premier Thandi Modise said the arrest of three more suspects on Thursday evening was a major breakthrough.

The suspects were arrested in Johannesburg and Pretoria, after three others people were nabbed earlier this week.

Modise's spokesperson Moses Kgwele said, "The premier says the onslaught against those involved in the cruelty and brutality against the rhino has to be intensified."

Earlier in November, a Thai national was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for smuggling rhino horns in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court, but this has not deterred others.

At least 570 rhino have been killed in South Africa since the beginning of 2012.