Army steps in to end rhino massacre

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http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/army-steps-in-to-end-rhino-massacre-1.1427617

Durban - The army has been sent to the Swaziland and Mozambique borders to stop rhino poachers from moving between those countries and South Africa, Ezemvelo KZN chief executive Bandile Mkhize said on Tuesday.

He was addressing the province’s conservation portfolio committee on the rhino poaching crisis at a meeting in Durban.

So far, 570 rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year and, of those, 58 were in KZN.

At the weekend, eight rhinos died when poachers hit a reserve in North West. The Hawks arrested three men – one a park ranger – at their homes in Lethabo township near Brits on Tuesday.

The attack prompted North West Premier Thandi Modise to ask that the army step in as conservation bodies had neither the resources nor the skill to stop the massacre and extinction of one of South Africa’s Big Five.

This call has reverberated across South Africa as conservationists and wildlife authorities despair of stopping the killings.

Mkhize said on Tuesday

that Ezemvelo was also involved in discussions with the army on the technological side of the rhino war.

KZN MEC Meshack Radebe, the political head of conservation, told Tuesday’s meeting that the fight to stop poaching was about the country’s heritage.

“We need to mobilise and sensitise all stakeholders, amakhosi, headmen, councillors and the rural communities about this war and the threat to our heritage. It is clear, given the move involved here, that poachers are prepared to kill and die for these horns,” said Radebe.

IFP MPL Inkosi Ngamizizwe Madlala said: “I am concerned that the killing of eight rhinos in North West will encourage these thugs here in KwaZulu-Natal to be more daring in their criminal deeds. We need to work hard to put an end to this scourge.”

The plan tabled by Ezemvelo will see the formation of a highly specialised task force for reaction and deployment in poaching hotspots. This strategy would be implemented through “good intelligence” rather than reactive measures, said Mkhize.

Part of the plan was for the agency to secure adequate funding and manpower to refocus its resources towards ensuring staff were trained.

“We have reintroduced a helicopter patrol at Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Park with a plan for expansion into other protected areas. A highly qualified information network for covert operations has been appointed and, through structured investigation between Ezemvelo and organised-crime units, we have managed to arrest two syndicates in Zululand,” said Mkhize.

Six new Land Cruisers had been ordered for rhino reserves and the agency had also compiled a security staff list which has been submitted to police intelligence for vetting.


The plan would focus on assessing risk and threats to 13 rhino reserves and five black rhino expansion project sites in the province.

A total of R28.1 million had been set aside for the anti-rhino poaching campaigns, but Ezemvelo was also involved in other fund-raising measures for this programme.


DA MPL Radley Keys said a move to “stem the tide of demand” of horns should be launched by engaging countries like China where the traditional-medicine market was driving demand. - The Mercury


570 Rhino's killed this year!!!! :crying:
 

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Next week's headline: inquest into Kruger park massacre as army shoots 3 poachers.
 

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This is either going to be a spectacular success or a monumental failure.

Opinion reserved.
 

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Well.....its better than nothing. Let's hope they kill many poachers. They should make it a law in this country that if you have poached, or attempted to poach rhinos or found with rhino horns then you should be executed. Now that I would agree to.
 

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why didnt they do this sooner. Why wait till another 570 were killed this year. We all know what happened last year. This government doesnt give a s#*t about our wildlife heritage. Really sad. :crying:
 

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Bring back the death penalty for poachers. It worked the first time.
 
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Typical SA mentality , let's send the army to stop the poachers killing rhino's seriously ? they would rather do that than allow the SANDF to help the western cape government assist the police with gang infested area's , you got to love this country honestly. "SAVE THE RHINO " " LET OUR PEOPLE DIE RATHER"

/rant over
 

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This is either going to be a spectacular success or a monumental failure.

Opinion reserved.

Let's hope for the former, but can you imagine the international headlines:

"SANDF gets owned by poachers"
 

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<wishful thinking>

They should take a lot of rhino DNA samples & let the rhino die out.

& wait for about 5 year or so, then reintroduce cloned rhinos.

</wishful thinking>
 

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<wishful thinking>

They should take a lot of rhino DNA samples & let the rhino die out.

& wait for about 5 year or so, then reintroduce cloned rhinos.

</wishful thinking>

<wishful thinking>

The retarded Thais, Vietnamese, et al. realise a cutaneous fibre does not make their knobs grow or cure them of their illnesses and that they have to go to a proper doctor to cure their illnesses and learn to accept their 1 inch knobs.

</wishful thinking>
 

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Typical SA mentality , let's send the army to stop the poachers killing rhino's seriously ? they would rather do that than allow the SANDF to help the western cape government assist the police with gang infested area's , you got to love this country honestly. "SAVE THE RHINO " " LET OUR PEOPLE DIE RATHER"

/rant over
People can fend for themselves, Rhinos can't
 

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Typical SA mentality , let's send the army to stop the poachers killing rhino's seriously ? they would rather do that than allow the SANDF to help the western cape government assist the police with gang infested area's , you got to love this country honestly. "SAVE THE RHINO " " LET OUR PEOPLE DIE RATHER"

/rant over

Think there are laws about the army policing it's own people
 

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Typical SA mentality , let's send the army to stop the poachers killing rhino's seriously ? they would rather do that than allow the SANDF to help the western cape government assist the police with gang infested area's , you got to love this country honestly. "SAVE THE RHINO " " LET OUR PEOPLE DIE RATHER"

/rant over

You NEVER use the army for local policing. That is a recipe for disaster. The Army are responsible for paroling the borders of the country and keeping intruders out.
Remember, Army are trained to kill, make war, win at all cost.
Police are trained to respect the rights of their citizens. Restrain the perpetrators till a court of law can find them guilty.
 

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The army is so corrupt already, they are going to help poach the Rhino!!
 
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