Rhino Poachers arrested: Police must resolve the outstanding cases

Jacques Smalle MP

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

The DA welcomes the arrest of three suspects believed to have been on their way to shoot and dehorn rhinos in Phalaborwa yesterday.

More than 247 rhinos have already been killed since this year. The latest SANParks statistics indicates that 78 poachers have been arrested and two poachers who killed two rhinos in Hoedspruit in 2011 were sentenced to 15 years in prison recently.

The DA urges law enforcement to accelerate the process of finalising the remaining cases in ensuring that the perpetrators receive harsh sentences.

With the initiative of inserting electronic microchips in rhino horns, government must assist all the private parks to use that device to prevent further slaughter of these animals. The DA believes that the Tactical Response Team and Stock Theft unit members must be increased in National Parks in ensuring that they detect the incidents before they happen.

The DA wants to see more government support for civil society and community-driven anti-poaching networks.

We are still reiterating our call that government must tighten regulation of hunting permits and security vetting of all National Parks staff.