SA to meet with Vietnam delegates

A total of 172 rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year.

A total of 172 rhinos have been killed in South Africa so far. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Environmental Affairs says it's planning a meeting with a Vietnamese delegation later this month to discuss further plans to stop the illicit trade in rhino horn.

A total of 172 rhinos have been killed in South Africa this year.

Officials say 54 suspected poachers have been arrested since January.

The department's Albie Modise said, "We remain committed to working with our international partners and we're aware of the international nature of the international trade.

"We're expecting a team of delegates from Vietnam to visit South Africa at the end of March."

The Hawks in February said they remain committed to the fight against rhino poaching and the illegal trade in ivory.

During a two-day operation the unit arrested nine suspects linked to these crimes.

Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said the head of the Hawks in Limpopo has indicated the team working on this project remains committed and determined to fight the scourge of rhino poaching.