SANParks WELCOMES THE ARREST OF THREE KNP FIELD RANGERS INVOLVED IN RHINO POACHING

The South African National Parks (SANParks) on Wednesday, 16 January 2019, announced
poaching related successes wherein three field rangers were arrested on suspicion of
poaching in the Kruger National Park (KNP). The suspects were based at Crocodile
Bridge Section and are currently in custody for further investigation until they
appear in court.

"It is always very sad when your own staff become involved in poaching, however I
want to congratulate the SANParks and SAPS investigators for their diligent work in
bringing these members to book. Slowly but surely we are coming to grips with people
within our ranks who are sabotaging our efforts in this campaign. We still have
confidence in those who are committed and loyal; and would like to encourage them to
continue with the excellent work. We will not be deterred in ensuring that we are
successful in continuing the fight against the scourge of wildlife crime in KNP.
Those who are still involved or know of those involved; and would like to give us
information; both the CEO of SANParks and I are willing to listen", commented the
KNP Managing Executive, Glenn Phillips.

The arrests were a joint effort by the SANParks Rangers, Environmental Investigation
Unit, SAPS and Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation. SANParks remains
committed to doing everything in its power to fight the scourge of poaching.

Story by Xirimela Crew

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