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SANParks ARRESTS TWO FIELD RANGERS FOR ALLEGED POACHING

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20 June 2016

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For Immediate Release

SANParks ARRESTS TWO FIELD RANGERS FOR ALLEGED POACHING

South African National Parks (SANParks) today (Monday, 20 June 2016) confirmed the arrest of two Field Rangers at Nwanedzi Ranger Section of the Kruger National Park (KNP) on 18 June 2016 for alleged involvement in rhino poaching activities.

“The arrest of the two Field Rangers was the culmination of an extensive follow up operation conducted after a poached rhino carcass, with horns removed, was located by the Nwanedzi rangers on the 16th June.  The two suspected Field Rangers were detained at the Skukuza Police Station pending further investigations and appeared in Court today,” said the CEO of SANParks Mr Fundisile Mketeni.

This arrest follows closely on the suspension of two Field Rangers attached to the Special Operations unit in Skukuza on 8 June 2016 and the arrest of a Field Ranger based at Satara, and a Technical Services supervisor based at Skukuza, on 9 June 2016. Both arrested employees have already appeared in Court.  Mr Mketeni said, “We are constantly on alert and that is what led to the arrests of these individuals.”

“The suspensions and arrests are the result of on-going investigations by SANParks into rhino poaching activities in the KNP, and we therefore would like to congratulate the KNP Rangers, SANParks Environmental Crime Investigation (ECI) unit and South African Police Service for doing a good job and remind them that this is a battle we cannot afford to lose, we need to fight for our heritage,” concluded Mr Mketeni.

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