159 rhino poached in SA

2012-04-04 19:03

Johannesburg - The number of rhino poached in South Africa this year stands at the "alarming figure" of 159, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Wednesday.

"The Kruger National Park continues to bear the brunt of these losses...with the rhino poached in the park having reached a staggering total of 95.

"This is no longer an environmental management problem only, but it has become a matter in which we have involved all law enforcement agencies."

She said 90 people had been arrested for poaching this year.

"The continued arrests of rhino poaching suspects reflects the co-ordinated enforcement efforts across government, aimed at addressing the scourge of rhino poaching."

Molewa said the government was implementing interventions and was also looking at new initiatives that could assist in the fight against rhino poaching.

"It is at this park [Kruger] that the first group of 75 of the 150 new rangers are currently undergoing a six-week, intense paramilitary training course."

The 150 rangers were to be deployed in the Kruger National Park.

Molewa said the fence on the eastern boundary of the park would be too expensive and difficult to maintain.

"Instead, we are now looking at a buffer zone between Kruger and the private reserves/farms in Mozambique - the same as on the north-eastern boundary of Kruger, where there is a Transfrontier Conservation Area arrangement," she said.

"This was discussed with the Mozambican authorities and our respective teams are busy with planning already."

She said the ministry of agriculture and rural development in Vietnam had also been approached about conducting inspections to verify that white rhinoceros trophies exported from South Africa to Vietnam were still in the possession of the hunters.

"We are consulting at a diplomatic level, and the outcome of this process will allow us to refuse all applications for white rhinoceros hunting by foreign hunters whose state of usual residence is Vietnam."

  • Sikhitha Mudzuli Christopher - 2012-04-04 19:23

    We have to fight together as a nation in order to win this battle, by implementing new policy of a rhino horn trading.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-04 19:31

      Forget about policy this and that. That's useless ANC talk. Let's get into the bush and wait for the poaching scum and shot them to hell as soon as we see them. That's how you deal with poaching!

  • Tim - 2012-04-04 19:27


      spartanx93 - 2012-04-04 20:00

      The government is just a mouth piece. The term action does not exist in their vocabulary.

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-04 19:30


  • Morne - 2012-04-04 19:33

    Its time to call in the SANDF! The army can be very useful against poachers. Wild life is part of what makes South Africa an amazing country, and its of fundamental importance to protect it.

  • johncarlos.biza - 2012-04-04 19:42

    Wish farm attacks got a similar govt outcry

  • Graham - 2012-04-04 20:17

    We have a army that is laying around getting fatter, surely they can be deployed. But the Chinese probably don't want that. Plus the government is to incompetent to organize it.

  • vsithonga - 2012-04-04 20:20

    Genoeg is Genoeg...Cant they increase the protection, bring in soldiers..with the slogan SHOOT TO KILL...This is getting to my nerves now

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-04 21:12

    Why not use soldiers to guard the rhinos? At the moment it feels like we are just recording the number of deaths. And we need to inform and educate the Chinese and Vietnamese consumers who are ultimately responsible for these brutal deeds.

  • Ken - 2012-04-04 21:18

    Same as the SAPS do the crime in the towns, it's the park wardens that do the crime in the Parks

  • Michele - 2012-04-04 22:28

    There were major concerns raised years back by the general public when a Trans-Frontier park was first planned. NOBODY listened .... what do we know? Now the solution is buffer zones?

  • Gideon - 2012-04-05 11:17


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