KZN wants army help to combat poaching

2012-10-29 10:33

Johannesburg - The KwaZulu-Natal nature conservation services (Ezemvelo) wants to enlist the help of the defence force to put a stop to rhino poaching in the province, Beeld reported on Monday.

Spokesperson Musa Mntambo said Ezemvelo was caught off-guard earlier this year by a spike in rhino poaching.

By the middle of October 2012, 55 rhino had been poached, compared to 34 in 2011 and 38 in 2010.

After the Kruger Park's loss of 272 rhinos for the year, KwaZulu-Natal has the highest poaching figures.

An internal Ezemvelo inquiry into the discovery of seven rhino carcasses at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi reserve on September 22, recommended that specialist units be deployed to allow a wider area to be patrolled.

Mntambo said Ezemvolo's anti-poaching unit had only 60 members to guard all the reserves in the province, and that around 200 were needed to provide one member per 1 000ha.

A field guide and a member of the anti-poaching unit were fired after the internal inquiry.

  • Jaybeebaby - 2012-10-29 10:43

    I agree.

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-10-29 11:10

      But no army to fight the gangs in the Western Cape ?

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-10-29 11:13

      rather have them doing that than the nothing they do everyday. some of the photos i have seen of late they are overwieght and lazy, the acivity might do them good.

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-10-29 11:17

      The human race is not likely to become extinct very soon. (7 Billion and counting)

      rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-29 11:25

      If the army is despatched for ezembvelo game reserve only what about other national game reseve/ affected by rhihno poaching like kruger national park or any other in sa.

  • jason.evetts.5 - 2012-10-29 10:55

    i believe they need to make an example of these poachers ie: cut their noses off and release them into society. forever branded!

      johny.stront - 2012-10-29 11:01

      Yes Please !!!! Best Idea by far!

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-29 11:01

      I can fancy that idea. Hanging is too good for them.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-29 11:03

    Why ist like this government is giving kzn special treatment towardz other provinces .Ezembvelo must hire the game rangers to combat poaching not army .soldiersr trained for something else not to combat the rhihno poachers..

  • mlucejko - 2012-10-29 11:06

    I have a good suggestion !! South Africa is 'famous' for it's 'Big Game Hunting' They should 'advertise' Come to South Africa, where you can hunt and kill the most elusive beast in Africa.. You can "Hunt and Kill" Poachers !! You will get a 'reward' for every Kill !! The Americans would 'love this' ???

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-10-29 11:31


  • mntsethe - 2012-10-29 11:28

    Is this a joke? Army for poaching? I don't think its a good idea.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-29 11:44

      Meen jy om wolf, skaapwagter te maak.

      Sam - 2012-11-04 20:09

      Spoken like a true indigenous African!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-29 11:41

    It's KZN - the army will be sent to help combat poaching, otherwise this is an embarrassment to "beloved leader" and because it is KZN. The only reason why they were not sent to the Cape to combat the gangs there was because it was the Cape asking.

  • ajaykumar.sewnarain - 2012-10-29 12:21

    An army does not roam its own coutries streets about some thought before critisizing? or is the amount of grey matter proportional to the amount of melanin you posses?

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-29 12:48

    The biggest poachers are in Luthuli house. Bring in the army. Shoot on sight! South African taxpayers are the endangered species!

  • Maxodin - 2012-10-30 03:19

    Please read this article mr Paul Harris

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