KNP regional court to curb rhino pouching

Friday, April 21, 2017

Pretoria - South Africa’s largest game reserve, the Kruger National Park, now houses a court which will combat rhino poaching.

The Skukuza Regional Court was opened by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and periodical sits once a week. 

Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, has welcomed the opening of the court, saying it is one of the plethora of measures being taken in terms of the Integrated Strategic Management approach to combat rhino poaching. 

“Having a regional court in Skukuza will ensure that the case turnaround times for rhino poaching and related cases are expedited thus making a significant contribution to tackling the illicit trade in rhino horn and any other related activites,” the Minister said.

Rhino poaching has been declared a National Priority Crime, and government continues to work as a team in the implementation of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros.

This is a multi-sectoral, interdisciplinary approach involves other departments such as  South African National Parks (SANParks), the Department of Home Affairs, the Department of Defence (as a leader of the SANDF), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and its Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, the State Security Agency (SSA), the South African Revenue Service (SARS), the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, as well as the provincial conservation authorities. -

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