Clarity needed on rhino conservation efforts at Kruger National Park
14 August 2014
The DA will submit Parliamentary questions to the Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, requesting clarity on cross-boarder hot pursuits operations, with respect to rhino poaching, between the Kruger National Park and neighbouring Mozambique.
This follows revelations by the National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, that conservation operations between the two countries have supposedly been underway for some time.
The Commissioner is quoted as saying, "Yes, we have a hot pursuit agreement, meaning that when... somebody crosses the border, we do have an agreement with Mozambique to follow through... [Hot pursuits] are happening... They happen all the time."
Yet strangely, the Commissioner declined to give details of how many such operations had taken place. Neither is there any indication of their efficacy.