Mpumalanga calls for help

2013-05-23 22:18
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Johannesburg - Some of South Africa's neighbouring countries should assist in curbing ongoing rhino poaching, an Mpumalanga official said on Thursday.

Community Safety MEC Vusi Shongwe said he was concerned that citizens of some of these countries were being recruited to become poachers.

"Authorities from neighbouring countries, such as Mozambique and Swaziland, [must] assist in this regard... citizens from the neighbouring countries are reportedly recruited to be poachers in South Africa... this tendency must soon come to an end," said Shongwe in a statement.

On Tuesday, he told the province's legislature that integrated border security would be intensified.

"Random visits and inspections [will be] conducted around the [Kruger National] park and visible air patrols also embarked upon."

Shongwe called for increased co-operation between South Africa and... countries where rhino horns were in demand.

He said the Justice, Crime Prevention, and Security Cluster had prioritised efforts to curb poaching, by ensuring that those involved were punished.

"[We need] to ensure that the rhino species do not become extinct, as too many rhino have already been killed in our province and the country so far."

Read more on:    vusi shongwe  |  mbombela  |  conservation  |  rhino poaching

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