KZN to call in the army after spike in rhino poaching

2012-10-29 09:30
The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) nature conservation services (Ezemvelo) wants to enlist the help of the defence force to put a stop to rhino poaching in the province, Beeld reported today.

Spokesperson Musa Mntambo said Ezemvelo was caught off guard earlier this year by a spike in rhino poaching.

By the middle of October 2012, 55 rhino had been poached, compared with 34 in 2011 and 38 in 2010.

After the Kruger National Park’s loss of 272 rhino for the year, KZN has the highest poaching figures.

An internal Ezemvelo inquiry into the discovery of seven rhino carcasses at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi reserve on September 22 recommended that specialist units be deployed to allow a wider area to be patrolled.

Mntambo said that Ezemvolo’s anti-poaching unit only had 60 members to guard all the reserves in the province.

A field guide and a member of the anti-poaching unit were fired after the internal inquiry.