Use MK cadres to fight poachers - MEC
Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal agriculture and environmental affairs MEC has proposed incorporating former Umkhonto we Sizwe cadres into anti-poaching units, according to a report on Friday.
Speaking in Dundee on Thursday, Meshack Radebe said poachers operated with military precision and often have great resources at their disposal, ECR Newswatch reported.
He said authorities needed to fight fire with fire to curb rhino poaching.
The department's Jeffrey Zikhali added that criminals often flew into parks with helicopters and escaped quickly after killing the animals.
He said many former MK operatives were unemployed, and were highly trained in intelligence gathering.
Zikhali said people living on the East Coast were blessed with natural wildlife and needed to actively preserve this heritage.
"We in KwaZulu-Natal are especially privileged to have all these parks and natural resources ... and I think if people are educated on how valuable this is, not only to us but also to future generations, I think it could make all the difference," he said.
The Rhino War News Bulletin, run by Tim Condon, a former KwaZulu-Natal game ranger who is now based in Canada, reported on Monday that 109 rhinos had been poached in South Africa since the beginning of 2012.