RHINO POACHERS STRIKE AGAIN
Rustenburg – A rhino carcass without a horn was discovered by rangers at Pilanesberg National Park on 20 April.
Police are pursuing leads after conducting an autopsy at the crime scene. An awareness campaign was held at Mabele-A-Podi village near Mogwase where they asked community members to assist them with information that could help in successfully pursuing the poachers.
“The carcass was discovered about a week after the rhino was killed. We believe that the poachers used community members to gain access to the park,” police spokesperson sergeant Ofentse Mokgadi said.
“No arrests have been made as yet and investigations are ongoing.”
The incident at Pilanesberg National Park comes as South Africa has been making significant headway in the fight to save the rhino through government’s Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros.
As reported in the 19 April 2019 edition of Platinum Weekly, two men were arrested and have since appeared before the Brits Magistrates’ Court for smuggling 180 rhino horns, weighing a total of 150kgs, destined for the Far East.
Figures from the Department of Environmental Affairs website revealed that the North West province experienced a total 65 poaching incidents in 2018, compared to the 96 cases that were reported in 2017.
However, the figures also put the North West on second position, after Kwazulu Natal, when it comes to the number of poaching incidents that were recorded in 2018 for each province.
Members of the public wishing to report rhino poaching and environmental crimes can contact the department’s hotline on 0800 205 005 or contact 10111.
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