By Lenyaro Sello
Hundreds of South Africans have marched through the streets of Pretoria against the scourge of rhino poaching in the country.
It was ahead of World Rhino Day on 22 September under the theme Save Our Rhino.
"I want to tell the president and the whole world to tell the poachers please do not hurt our rhinos because our rhinos are not medicine," eight-year-old Afeefah Patel, 2012 Kudu Award winner said.
"Dear President Zuma, you made a promise to me that you will look after our rhinos, remember a promise is a promise," she said.
So far this year, 688 rhino have been poached while over 200 suspects have been arrested. Last year saw a total of 668 rhino poached and in 2011 448.
"The prize of rhino is just not worth it, as it will eventually lead to the rhinos’ extinction from the world," Sisulu Environment Centre pupil Thokozile Bapela said.
Government has now signed memoranda with some Asian countries to help fight the scourge.
"We have already signed memoranda of understanding with Vietnam, we have signed already with the People’s Republic of China and we have two other memoranda almost ready to be signed with Thailand and Laos," Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said. More....