MEDIA STATEMENT FROM LIMPOPO MEDIA CENTRE
CORPORATE COMMUNICATION SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
The escalating number of rhinos which were being poached in the province prompted the provincial commissioner of Limpopo Lt Gen Simon Mpembe to assign the Stock Theft Unit to crack rhino poaching syndicates, and his decision is now paying dividends.
Hardly three months in their new role of taming poachers and preserving the world’s most vulnerable beast of late, the Stock Theft unit has recorded a substantial amount of success.
From January to date the unit has arrested a total of 31 suspects, recovered eleven rifles including two AK 47s, 128 live rounds of ammunition, 4 rhino horns, two elephant tusks, eight knives and sixes axes. The provincial commander of Stock Theft Unit Lt Col Madimetja Mokale said his colleagues have been cracking stock related crimes for quite some time and was not perplexed when the responsibility of tackling rhino poaching came along. He said the dedicated and determination which his colleagues within the unit show towards their responsibilities is the driving force behind all the successes.
Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Mpembe said fighting crime is everybody’s responsibility and he will shuffle personnel around if needs be. Mpembe added that he could not ignore the good work which the unit has been doing over the years and it was time to entrust them with more responsibilities and was happy with the return. “The war against rhino poaching in the province is tough but we will fight it tooth and nail. We will do our best to empower the unit with resources and also bolster their manpower if the tasks at hand demand so”, said Mpembe.
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