National Assembly: Cape Town, 08 November 2011
The IFP notes with grave concern that yet
another two white Rhino were shot dead on a farm near
Hectorspruit at the weekend. Three of the five Rhino species
globally are now critically endangered, while South Africa is
the only country in Africa that still has a Rhino population.
We observe that Rhino poaching has now reach
record-high levels in South Africa, with 348 rhinos killed in
South Africa this year alone. 2011 also marked the year in which
the World Wildlife Fund announced that Rhino in Vietnam have
The IFP acknowledges the immense work that is
being done by organisations such as the World Wildlife Fund and
various other conservation and community organisations, like
Eblockwatch, who have launched initiatives to detect and stop
poachers on our country's game farms.
However, we recognize that South Africa's
Rhinos faces the real threat of extinction at the hands of
international forces that are killing these animals because
their horns are mistakenly believed to have magic medicinal
properties, which are sought after in the East. It is not merely
the images of dead and bloodied animals that touch us, but the
fact that rhino, like all our fauna, are part of our nation's
The IFP therefore calls on all stakeholders, not only those responsible for conservation, but Government and
the Executive, to urgently convene another "SAVE THE RHINO"
summit so that we can explore ways to improve our collective
response as a nation to fighting these ruthless and cruel
poaching syndicates, to prevent their heinous acts of cruelty,
and to save our Rhinos from extinction.