Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa has welcomed the support from the youth of South Africa for the fight against rhino poaching. Almost 700 rhino have been killed in South Africa this year, and over 200 poachers arrested.
Molewa was speaking at the National Zoo in Pretoria after a march by young people against the scourge.
“The young ambassadors, who launched on Saturday a fight against rhino poaching, are really saying to South Africa and Africa and the world at large that we are really saying no and put a stop to rhino poaching. The message is quite louder and clear and it's very significant as it comes on just a day before world rhino day. We heard them and they are urging us to implement their 6-point plan. Amongst others to ensure that there is funding available for fighting rhino poachers, there is technology, there is also a plan that we must implement,” says Molewa.
On Friday, Limpopo MEC for Safety, Security and Liaison Joyce Mashamba has urged community members to join hands with the law enforcement agencies in fighting rhino poaching. Mashamba has been speaking in the Kruger National Park near the Phalaborwa gate, as part of an anti-rhino poaching and drug smuggling awareness campaign. The Kruger National Park has been hardest hit, with 396 rhino killed so far this year.
“As government we are concerned about this rhino poaching because it affects us in many ways .Alone as government we cannot succeed but if we join hands to stand up and defend this valuable we know we will go a long way in in protecting what is ours,” says Mashamba.