Five suspected Rhino poachers arrested

It’s believed they were apprehended on their way to a game reserve in Limpopo.

Five suspected rhino poachers have been arrested in Limpopo. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Five suspected rhino poachers have been arrested in Gravelotte in Limpopo.

It's believed they were apprehended on their way to a nearby game reserve on Thursday night.

The police's Hangwani Mulaudzi says the suspected poachers were arrested during a normal routine crime prevention operation.

A rifle was retrieved.

According to the Endangered Wildlife Trust, at least two rhino are poached in this country every day and last year more than 1,000 were killed, with most of them in the Kruger National Park (KNP).

The Department of Environmental Affairs earlier this month said it's planning a meeting with a Vietnamese delegation 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.

The Professional Hunting Association of South Africa says the economic cost of rhino poaching to the country is at least R1.1 billion.