SOUTH AFRICAN RHINO BREEDERS CALL FOR TOUGHER PROSECUTION OF POACHERS

MAHIKENG, SOUTH AFRICA– Private rhino breeders in South Africa’s North West Province have called for tougher policing and prosecution to counter the growing number of rhino poached in the province.

While the country has seen a drop in rhino poaching numbers, significant increases have been noted in the provinces of Limpopo and North West.

The Pilanesberg Game Reserve in North West has been suffering huge losses. Private rhino breeder Jacques Swanepoel says: In the last four years we lost eight rhinos and since April we have already lost 1.2 million Rand (about 87,600 US dollars). It was three animals (poached) in one week.

Last year, we caught three poachers and they received 500 Rand bail so it is just a losing battle for us, adds Swanepoel.

The police say all systems are in place to fight the complex problem of rhino poaching in the province.

Police spokesperson Adele Myburg said Thursday that the police are hard at work with other stakeholders and police units.

We have a specialised task team at our local criminal records centres that do all the forensic testing and we work hand in hand with the parks board. So I do not agree with the statement that the police are doing nothing,” she added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK