Economic development, environment and tourism MEC Pinky Phosa has expressed concern at the shocking cases of rhino poaching that have continued to hit the province since the beginning of the year.
She said this after rhino poaching statistics released by the National Environmental Affairs Department showed that about 227 rhino had been attacked countrywide for their horns the majority of which were killed in the Kruger National Park.
She said since January, 10 rhino were killed in the province, which recorded 28 killings last year. “We will never let greed rule at the expense of future generations. Our rhino population is depleting at an alarming rate and we will not rest until these perpetrators are brought to book,” Phosa said.
She said the statistics also indicated that 63 people had been arrested nationwide so far for rhino poaching.
“At the end of 2012, a total of 267 people were arrested. We congratulate our law enforcement agencies for the arrests of these selfish, greedy people and believe that they will receive the highest penalty they deserve.”