Government will provide progress in the fight against rhino poaching

09 February 2016


The Department of Environmental Affairs has noted concerns expressed by members of the public regarding the release of the latest rhino poaching statistics.

The Department provides regular and timely updates on the state of rhino poaching in South Africa and updating the country on the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros approach adopted by Cabinet in August 2014. The last quarterly briefing was held in September 2016.

Rhino poaching is a designated priority crime in South Africa and the multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary Integrated Strategic Management approach involves a number of entities such as SANParks as well as various government departments including the South African Police Service (SAPS), the National Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks), the State Security Agency (SSA), the Department of Defence as well as the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

The Department is currently liaising with these various departments to secure a mutually satisfactory date for a briefing; the date and venue of which will be announced in due course.

The Department of Environmental Affairs remains committed to transparency with regards to the release of information on rhino poaching, including but not limited to the latest poaching statistics.

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