Police hunt for poachers

Two rhinos were killed at the Rhenosterfontein game farm in Cullinan near Pretoria.

In total, 480 rhino have been killed in South Africa since the start of this year.  The Department of Environmental Affairs says it remains committed to addressing the ongoing scourge of rhino poaching.Picture:EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police are searching for poachers who killed two rhinos at a game farm north of Pretoria.

The rhinos were killed at the Rhenosterfontein game farm in Cullinan during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Police's Johannes Japhta said authorities came across two carcasses. One was dehorned and the other still had its horn.

Authorities also found shells from high calibre rounds near the animal.

"After the farm owners heard gunshots, all the people on the farm were mobilised and police were called to the scene, but they couldn't find anything."

Meanwhile, three suspected rhino poachers were arrested earlier this week.

The trio are facing a raft of charges including the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

The police's Hangwani Mulaudzi said they also confiscated an axe smeared with blood.

"We are taking the other firearms we confiscated for ballistics to see if they were used in any other poaching incidents in the country."

In total, 480 rhinos have been killed in South Africa since the start of this year.

The Department of Environmental Affairs released a statement on Thursday saying they remained committed to addressing the ongoing scourge of rhino poaching.

A total of 140 arrests have been made.

The Kruger National Park continues to be the hardest hit area.