By Lianda Naudé
A spiritual gathering was held in the Kruger National Park (KNP) for the protection of the rhino species on Saturday, October 11. KNP and various church denominations from the surrounding communities joined hands at the Skukuza soccer field to pray for the survival of this vulnerable species.
“We came here to ask for God’s intervention in this war and to appreciate Christians efforts and contribution in the fight against the torture that our rhino are currently facing,” said William Mbasa, GM marketing and communications KNP. “With continuous co-operation from all levels of society, the success in catching the criminals will soar and we may ultimately win the fight against these criminals. We appreciate this religious contribution because it brings about that heavenly power which only God can descend upon rhino poachers”
Prayers were also held for the protection of the anti-poaching teams, the security forces and the KNP management and staff.
The first of these prayer gatherings took place in 2012 at Shingwedzi Rest Camp. It has now become an annual event where Christians come together to declare war against rhino poachers.