Minister condemns rhino poaching in Rietvlei nature reserve

2016-05-28 20:36

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Tshwane – Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa has condemned the poaching of two rhino at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve.  

The two white rhino were killed and dehorned on Thursday evening.  

In a statement issued on Saturday, Molewa said she was hopeful that the suspects would be arrested and brought back to book.  

Last month, Molewa announced in Pretoria that a total of 363 rhino were poached in South Africa from January to April 2016. 

By far the most poaching took place at the Kruger National Park in the first four months of 2016.

However, she said the implementation of the Integrated Strategic Management approach which was adopted by government to combat rhino poaching was bearing fruit. 

"While we are not yet able to declare victory, we are making progress.

"We, as government, are not giving the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa, and will ensure that all resources necessary to bring about an end to rhino poaching in our country are utilised."

The Rietvlei Nature Reserve would remain closed until further notice, she said.  

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