Rhino activists call for Molewa to quit

2012-06-26 21:27

Johannesburg - Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa must resign as she has failed to tackle the issue of rhino poaching, animal activists said on Tuesday.

Outraged SA Citizens Against Poaching director Allison Thomson said animal activists felt Molewa should resign because rhino poaching had increased.

They also wanted an investigation into the department's biodiversity enforcement deputy director general, Sonja Meintjies.

Thomson said there had to be an independent inquiry into the department.

She was speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg by the National Working Group Against Rhino Poaching.

Poaching was rampant not because there were no funds to curb it, but because of corruption within the system, she said.

"One only has to look at the illegal ivory trade, the illegal tiger bone trade and many more to know that they have absolutely no history of success in controlling illegal trade," she said.

The government had promised to assist private rhino owners and the time had come for it to do so, said Thomson.

The department, however, said it was short-sighted to call for Molewa's resignation as rhino poaching was a criminal activity.

"To blame her is to miss the reality of the bigger poaching picture," said departmental spokesperson Albi Modise.

He said rhino poaching was a criminal activity which South Africa was bearing the brunt of, as there was suddenly a high demand for rhino horn.

Denying claims that the government had failed to act on poaching, Modise said it was in talks with China, Vietnam, Hong Kong and other countries which had shown an increase in demand for rhino horn.

"Government doesn't operate on who makes the loudest noise, but on empirical scientific evidence, which stakeholders feel will lead to a sound and sensible decision," he said.

  • christo.stone - 2012-06-26 21:43

    I have to agree here...she hasn't done enough...not at all.

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-06-27 08:10

      I agree, all this fat piece of tick dung can do is eat KFC and steal money!! Replace her, she is unfit for duty!! Rubbish

      Jane - 2012-06-27 09:29

      does anyone in parliament every do enough? people are given positions they are completely unqualified for and have no understanding of. Another form of corruption in government, giving comrades a job for no reason other then the colour of their skin, and all the while our country and animals suffer.

  • anthony.okelly.98 - 2012-06-26 22:00

    The empirical scientific evidence shows that she is incompetent and should go!But then again, the replacement will no better when the gene pool is so poor

  • olebogeng.diratsagae - 2012-06-26 22:25

    she deserv dat.a corrupt lady.o nna mme o ntseng jang o senyang.NW leaders iven da unions r corrupt

  • olebogeng.diratsagae - 2012-06-26 22:25

    she deserv dat.a corrupt lady.o nna mme o ntseng jang o senyang.NW leaders iven da unions r corrupt

  • johnny.debeer - 2012-06-26 22:34

    In other words, bugger all is being done. It’s pathetic how useless and incompetent our representatives in government institutions are. They should be ashamed of themselves, but they aren’t, as they just couldn’t care less. This doesn’t bother them in the least.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-06-26 22:35

    Well she is a graduate from a bussiness school and before that she was a teacher - So why not appoint her for such a crucial post such as Water and Environmental Affairs Minister. Makes sense. Check the qualifications and experience do a comparrison.. Enough said.

      mandi.d.plessis - 2012-06-28 15:43

      And earlier in her "career"... taken from whos who SA ... Buyer | Shoprite Checkers (Pty) Ltd 1987 - 1994 Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail Deputy President | South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union 1987 - 1993 Chair | Warmbaths branch | South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union 1976 - 1990 Secretary | Local Warmbaths Branch | Congress of South African Trade Unions 1986 - 1986 Buyer | Metro Cash & Carry Ltd 1982 - 1984 Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

  • kosmonooit - 2012-06-26 22:38

    How many junkets to the East were/are part of the strategy to establish such "empirical scientific evidence"?

  • kenny.maluleka - 2012-06-27 02:14

    Whose rhinos are they anyway? What about insurance fraud by the rhino owners? Who gains when these things are poached?

  • Julie - 2012-06-27 06:01

    Is Molewa following a policy of "silent diplomacy" towards the Oriental countries as Mbeki did towards Mugabe, thus pulling the wool over the eyes of the concerned public???

  • lyn.duplessis - 2012-06-27 10:15

    I must agree here, we need someone who has the Rhino's at heart. Someone with a background in conservation and protection.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-27 12:38

    Just who isn't hopeless and incompetent in this government of Jacob Zuma?.

  • Rupert - 2012-06-27 15:22


      bevsparrowgreen - 2012-07-02 17:18

      Such small-mindedness and ignorant comments like this the core... all those people in South Africa who understand the bigger picture!!!

  • mommaroodle - 2012-06-28 15:55

    Molewa if you not part of the solution, you part of the problem!

  • christine.mans1 - 2012-06-28 18:07


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