Poaching - army patrolling Kruger Park

2011-04-13 22:15

Cape Town - Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Wednesday that soldiers were patrolling the Kruger National Park on the borders with Mozambique to stamp out rhino poaching.

Sisulu told a media briefing: "As of April 1 this year, we are deployed around the border area that would cover the Kruger Park.

"We're in a position now to assist them with the plight that has been bedevilling them for a very long time which is rhino poaching."

SANParks asked the military to step in to help stop the ongoing rhino bloodbath in the park which lost 146 animals last year.

Acting defence force chief Genera l Temba Matanzima said: "We've deployed a company there and we will be able to deal with the problem of poaching effectively."

The soldiers have not yet clashed with poachers who had killed 46 rhinos in the park this year out of a countrywide total of 71 by last month.

Home to more than 70% of the world's remaining rhinos, South Africa lost 333 rhinos last year and the surge - fuelled by use of rhino horn in Asian traditional medicine - has been blamed on organised syndicates.

The operation in Kruger is part of a move to give the army, rather than police, responsibility for border patrols.

  • Kieter Kat - 2011-04-13 23:28

    Nou gaan die army die res van die wildtuin opvreet

  • AndyMac - 2011-04-14 08:09

    On the one side we should be thankful, on the other I think one of three things will happen: They will either clean out any other game in the area, assist the poachers in their attempt to rid the world of the rhino or seeing that their monthly salary is so ridiculously high they will most probably join the poaching spree themselves.

  • MaLemmer - 2011-04-14 08:21

    I think the poachers are falling around laughing! Seriously, who would be scared of these nincompoops who couldn't even sort out the Union Building's?

  • SmokinBandit - 2011-04-14 09:05

    What a joke of note! They cannot even take care of themselves, let-alone the border! And for them it would be open season! We would stand a better chance calling in ADT or Chubb!

      Darter - 2011-04-14 11:54

      If you knew what you were talking about you'd know that pretty much all farmers farming near the Zim border have noted a decrease in cross border crime every since the Army returned to that part of the border last year.

      Darter - 2011-04-14 11:54

      If you knew what you were talking about you'd know that pretty much all farmers farming near the Zim border have noted a decrease in cross border crime every since the Army returned to that part of the border last year.

  • Natashia Veltmeijer - 2011-04-14 09:32

    Reading all of the comments below, it looks like people are not happy with anything! If you can control the situation better then go and do it yourself, be bloody grateful that they are at least trying! People in this country are not happy with anything, stop complaining and maybe try doing something good. I am not saying that it will work but give them a chance.

  • Anemone - 2011-04-14 09:41

    We have to do anything we can, apply anything we have at our disposal. The army is at our disposal. Thank God for them. No one is clear of a corrupt element but there are some with integrity that have to be upheld. Can it possibly be a reasonable idea that it would be more effective to do nothing while the situation deteriorates? Really. It's time to wake up, take a positive, constructive stand. The cowardly grumblers are likely to sit back when it's all too late and take perverse pleasure out of saying "I told you so" - where's the satisfaction in that when the rhino's are GONE - it's not a scary fairy story - it can and is threatening to happen. The situation is real. We need to be mobilising ourselves here at home and in the rest of world, bringing shame and condemnation to supporters and perpetrators and doing everything we can to uphold every operation to SAVE THE RHINO. SAVE THE RHINO. That's what we need to be doing, not picking at the apparent futility of the mission but rooting out the driving elements. Let's wake up and look at what is really happening around us - I mean, do we want to grumble or do we really want to see something accomplished. Let's see the outcome where we have preserved something not only for ourselves but for the creature itself. The rhino has a right to its life.

  • Hansie - 2011-04-14 09:48

    The biggest problem is not the poachers as such. It's the people who hire them and the buyers. Put them away and 80% of the problem is resolved. Better yet. Let them poach themselves and see if they live longer than a day. Cowards!!!!!!!

  • kosmos303 - 2011-04-14 09:51

    Boetie gaan border to II

  • kosmos303 - 2011-04-14 09:54

    Boetie gaan border to II

  • leeupan - 2011-04-14 09:58

    I hope it will work, because the poachers are a bunch of barbarians. In the process the army can stop the immigrant aliens from Mozambique, because they also use the Kruger as free passage to SA. Also get our army back from North Africa where they are wasting money and time and employ them on our border with Zim to keep out the unwanted masses. Let`s be positive and give the Army a change to proof themselves in fighting the poaching of our precious rhinos. Shame on the Asian males for using our beautiful rhino horns for making traditional medicine in trying to curb their impotency. Get a life, go see a real doctor!!!

  • Darter - 2011-04-14 11:59

    I always say this, but it seems as if South Africans are just wired to be negative. Maybe its a genetic thing, who knows. There has been a noticeable drop in cross border crime near the Zim border ever since the Army returned last year. Whether it's stock theft or transporting of stolen vehicles. The drop was noticeable enough that farmers in the Free State farming along the Lesotho border asked the SANDF to fast-track their scheduled deployment to their area. But of course the majority of South Africans wouldn't know that, nor would they acknowledge that....that negative gene is just to strong.

      Mossieman - 2011-04-19 11:35

      And even more internal/borderline deployments are on their way. The Army will execute these operations in support to the SAPS and to the people of SA.

  • jock van wyk - 2011-04-26 23:17

    I did not even know we still had a army.Would they know the difference between a poacher and a rhino?

  • John - 2011-04-27 08:50

    Why is it that the animals in the Kruger Park get protection, but the farmers in South Africa do not get protection from the animals that carry out the farm attacks?

      abee.malamule1 - 2011-07-26 22:59

      i believe that if you need protection you must hire your own security,the Goverment isprotecting the most precious animals,,,,not farmers.

  • SEANEL - 2011-05-19 00:33

    Wow you people just moan. Hope the army can sort this out, really need this man. WD to the government :D

  • plaashoenner - 2011-06-06 22:11

    ek wonner wie gaan die grootste skade aanrig. Die "ARMY" of die poachers. Hulle is dan tjommies van een community.!!??? Roep daai ding tog asseblief nie n 'Weermag/Army" nie. Daai begrip is morsdood vrek na 94. Dis eerder n "werks-skeppings-forum" want vir die eerste keer in my lewe moes ek verneem "The Army Strikes for Pay-rises." n Weermag wat staak.??? Liewe donner, Korporaal Ellis sou jul gatte-innie-grond-gestraf-dril-het" !!!sou jul moan oor die koue-koffie. !!!!!!!Army, my gat man.!!!

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