By Brenda McGregor
During a meeting in Johannesburg, it has been announced that the 500 mark had already been crossed by the rhino-poaching toll of South Africa for 2013, when five months are still to go.
It has been found that the news left the audience remain stunned and silent.
Stakeholders had partaken in the meeting, wherein they were talking over stock of strategies so as to put a halt on the killing spree.
By July end, a total of 536 rhinos were found killed in the nation. The report said that the same raised concerns amongst experts that the shocking 668 of 2012 could be crossed by the death toll for this year. It might be heading for 1,000 very soon.
It is being said that such a toll would mean that the iconic animal is being put to extinction at a very fast paced by humankind. Also, this would be for a second time within a century.
"We in government understand the rising anger at what is happening to our rhinos. But let us look at intervention holistically. We are in this thing together. Let us take hands", said Fundisile Mketeni, deputy director general of biodiversity and conservation at Department of Environmental Affairs.