A total of 158 rhino have been poached since the beginning of the year, the department of environmental affairs said on Friday (15/03/2013).
In the Kruger National Park (KNP), 116 rhino had been poached, the department said in a statement.
Thirteen were poached in North West, 12 in KwaZulu-Natal, nine in Mpumalanga and eight in Limpopo.
Sixty-one people had been arrested: 38 of them alleged poachers and three alleged couriers, the department said.
In the past week, two poachers were arrested in the KNP.
Nine people had also been arrested at a game farm near Lephalale, in Limpopo, in connection with a rhino poaching incident on March 10.
Over 630 rhino were killed by poachers in 2012. - Sapa