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Media Release: Minister commends law enforcement agencies for work well done

Date: 6th September 2013

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has welcomed the arrest of 24 alleged rhino poachers in the Kruger National Park, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo in the past two weeks.  

The arrests bring to 191 the number of suspected rhino poachers arrested across the country since 1 January 2013. 

The law enforcement agencies, and rangers in the Kruger National Park, are commended for their actions and commitment to the fight against rhino poaching. 

The arrests happened amidst the increasing number of poaching incidents reported in South Africa. 

The total number of rhino poached since the beginning of the year has increased to 618.  

The Kruger National Park continues to bear the brunt of rhino poaching, with 381 rhino having been killed for their horns since January.    

Among the total number of rhino poached, 64 have been killed in Limpopo, 62 in KwaZulu-Natal, 62 in North West and 42 in Mpumalanga.   

South Africans are encouraged to continue supporting the work of the security forces, rangers and conservationists.  The commitment to conservation requires the support of everyone in order to stem the tide of rhino poaching. 

South Africans are urged to report incidents of poaching and tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.

Rhino poaching statistics:

SA2010201120122013
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 425 381
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3 2
GP 15 9 1 3
LIM 52 74 59 64
MP 17 31 28 42
NW 57 21 77 62
EC 4 11 7 2
FS 3 4 0 0
KZN 38 34 66 62
WC 0 6 2 0
NC 1 0 0 0
TOTAL 333 448 668 618


Rhino poaching arrests statistics 
:

SA2013201220112010
KNP (SANParks) 73 73 82 67
MNP (SANParks) 0 0 0 0
Gauteng (GP) 3 26 16 10
Mpumalanga (MP) 19 66 73 16
Eastern Cape (EC) 0 0 2 7
Limpopo (LIM) 40 43 34 36
North West (NW) 18 32 21 2
Free State (FS) 6 0 0
KZN 38 20 4 25
Western Cape (WC) 0 0 0 2
Northern Cape (NC) 1 0 0
TOTAL 191 267 232 165


For media queries, contact: 
Albi Modise on 083 490 2871

Issued by:
The Department of Environmental Affairs

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