Dept. confirms 2013's first rhino poaching incident

Environment authorities confirmed a rhino poaching incident in the North West over the weekend.

Environment authorities confirmed a rhino poaching incident in the North West over the weekend. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

NORTH WEST - The Department of Environmental Affairs has confirmed the first incident of rhino poaching for the year.

The bull's body was found at the Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West on Saturday night with its horns removed.

The department's spokesperson Dumisa Seshabela said, "We are saddened by this incident because rhino poaching is so rife in the province.

"Other generations won't find anything if we go on like this."

The South African National Parks (SANParks) said it was not aware of any further reports of rhino poaching despite reports of an incident at the Kruger National Park.

But there were some good news though in the fight against rhino poaching.

A Vietnamese man was arrested with rhino horn worth more than R5 million in his luggage at Bangkok's main airport.

The six pieces of horn, weighing about 10 kilograms, are believed to have been smuggled from Mozambique.

The suspect was detained on Sunday after arriving in Thailand, on a flight from Ethiopia.

If convicted, he could face four years in prison and a fine of around R11,000.