Rhino Poaching Figures Horrific
12 December 2014.
The Inkatha Freedom Party decries the fact that
this government has once again failed to adequately protect the
rhino of South Africa. 2014 saw rhino poaching figures reach a
horrific 1116 rhino killed as at 10 December.
IFP Chief Whip in Parliament and spokesperson on
Environmental Affairs, Mr Narend Singh, MP, said, ”We have observed
a steady year-on-year increase in the brutal killing of rhino in
this country in order to satisfy illegal demand for rhino horn
overseas. Government still appears to be ‘lukewarm’ on the matter of
protecting our rhino and this must change. We call for immediate and
greater allocation of logistical and human resources especially from
the ranks of our SAPS and the SANDF, as well as greater resource
allocation for the specialised training and deployment of anti-rhino
poaching units. Make no mistake, we are at war to save our
indigenous wildlife and government must be fully committed if we are
to ever have any chance of eradicating this scourge from within our
“Our courts and legislation must enable the most stringent criminal sanction to be meted out to those found guilty of this crime against our rhino, our people and our country and no effort must be spared, “concluded Singh, MP.
IFP spokesperson on Environmental Affairs, Mr Narend Singh, MP, on 083 788 5954
IFP Media, Parliament