Molewa wants united poaching fight

2013-03-08 22:13
(File: Volksblad)

(File: Volksblad)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

  • Environmental Law
    This reference guide examines essential concepts for applying legislatiion with regards... Now R313.00
    buy now

Johannesburg - The international community needs to co-operate to eliminate the scourge of poaching, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Friday.

Global dialogue was required to stop black market trading in countries where rhino horn was sold, she said in a speech prepared for delivery at the 16th Cites conference of parties in Bangkok, Thailand.

"Having demonstrated what we have done at national level, it has become clear that no country can fight this battle alone," she said.

Research showed poachers in South Africa were from outside the country.

Intelligence and law enforcement efforts needed to be shared with neighbouring and consumer states to reduce demand for rhino horn.

Since the start of the year, 146 rhino had been poached in South Africa, and 50 people arrested in connection with this.

Molewa said South Africa continued to show its willingness to work with other Southern African states by expanding rhino conservation ranges, but this needed to happen in a responsible manner.

"We always check habitat suitability and viability before we agree on any transfer of live animals, as we do not want those to be soft targets of criminal syndicates."

Analysis of the poaching syndicate value chain revealed it was complex, with ordinary people living next to reserves being recruited as poachers.

Couriers transported rhino horn to major cities, where it was prepared for export.

"The initial number of arrests indicated that we were only succeeding in catching those at the bottom of the pyramid," said Molewa.

"We are now succeeding at other levels too. This was evident with the recent case of the Thai national who was convicted and sentenced to 40 years' imprisonment for illegal trade in rhino horns."

She said that since South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana had held a Cites-controlled, once-off sale of their ivory stockpiles, no elephant had been poached in South Africa.

"We are only aware of two elephant that have died in the past decade, after being caught in snares set for... antelopes."

South Africa had made no decision about applying, at the next Cites conference, for the legalisation of trade in rhino horn, or for permission to hold a once-off sale of its rhino horn stockpiles.

Efforts to protect South Africa's rhino population were aimed not only at protecting the species from extinction, but also at securing and conserving the country's natural resources, Molewa said.

"The fact that the criminal syndicates involved in rhino poaching also undertake other crimes, means that this current situation can be considered a national security risk."

It was imperative the national response be comprehensive, as poaching threatened not only South Africa's sustainable development path, but also the heritage of future generations.


Read more on:    edna molewa  |  rhino poaching  |  poaching


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

  • Friday Cape Town - 16:15 PM
    Road name: Wet Weather
    RAIN across the greater Cape Town area - drive with care and use headlights - Allow Extra Tavel Time
  • Friday Kuils River - 09:28 AM
    Road name: Polkadraai Road Eastbound
    ROADWORKS between the R102 Van Riebeeck Road and the R310 Baden Powell Drive exit - DELAYS
More traffic reports...

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now! - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Samsung Galaxy Y

The Samsung Y (Young) is tiny but powerful with Android...

From R1499.00

I'm shopping for:


The day may have a fluctuating sensitive energy to begin with, but later when the Moon moves into dramatic and creative Leo more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.