By Giordano Stolley
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife is considering making KwaZulu-Natal's game reserves no fly zones for private aircraft to help curb rhino poaching, CEO Bandile Mkhize said on Wednesday. Poachers had resorted to sophisticated tactics, such as using silencers on their guns and helicopters at night, Mkhize told a two-day summit on rhino poaching at the University of Zululand near Empangeni.
“This war (against rhino poaching) is a serious war. We should be detecting who flies.”
He said the difficulty was that poachers, even if they filed a flight plan with aviation authorities, did not reveal their real intention.
He did not provide details, or elaborate about a specific incident involving the use of helicopters for poaching, and said only that the imposition of no-fly zones was “a great possibility”.
The organisation was improving its equipment in the fight against rhino poaching.
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini said communities needed to expose those behind rhino poaching.
“Why don't you tell us? Who are these people who are doing such a horrible thing?” he asked.
Communities could not say there was no one in their midst who was involved in poaching.
Historically, hunting in the Zulu kingdom was controlled by the king, and this hunting was for the purposes of livelihood and not for profit, he said.
“We beg you to stop this nonsense.” More....