SOUTH AFRICAN ENVIRONMENT MINISTER CONDEMNS POACHING OF TWO RHINO

South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has condemned the poaching and de-horning of two rhino at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve inear here on Thursday night.

"I am hopeful that the perpetrators of this heinous crime will be arrested and brought to book soon," Molewa said in a statement here Sunday, while calling on South Africans to bring any information they may have on rhino poaching, and wildlife crime in general, to the relevant authorities and to encourage their friends, families and friends to do the same.

She encouraged all communities in the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, in which Pretoria is situated, to be vigilant and report suspicious activities which might be related to rhino poaching. "No matter how small or insignificant you may think it is, it can help us."

The Minister reiterated that the implementation of the Integrated Strategic Management Approach adopted by the government to combat rhino poaching in a comprehensive manner was bearing fruit.

"While we are not yet able to declare victory, we are making progress," she said, adding that the government was not giving up the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa, and would ensure that all resources necessary to bring about an end to rhino poaching in the country were utilised.

The Rietvlei Nature Reserve has introduced additional security measures and the reserve will remain closed until further notice.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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