The arrested officers belong to the Kruger National Parks (KNP) and have been arrested due to the joint efforts of SANPark administration and South African Police Services. The investigations began when the administration found two rhinos killed in the Pretoriuskop section of the park with their horns removed. Initial investigations revealed that the rhinos had been shot to death.
Spokesperson of SANParks Wanda Mkutshulwa said, “The animals had been shot and their horns removed. Further investigations into the killing of the two rhino and possibly other rhino poaching incidents in the area are currently being conducted.”
All of the four arrested officers of KNP worked in the Pretoriuskop section. 11 rhinos have been discovered death during the year. The arrested is one of the field rangers at the park and another is a traffic warden.
The recent rhino killed has raised the toll of rhino killings to 80 nationwide and 43 within the park. More than 50 suspected murderers of rhinos have been arrested in the previous few months.
The chief executive of SANParks, Dr. David Mabunda also said, “It is a very sad day for South Africa to find out that the unscrupulous and revolting hands of the poaching syndicates have stretched as far as to taint the hands of those trusted with the great responsibility of being guardians of our natural heritage. I am personally saddened to discover that some of our own would so callously abuse the confidence and faith that we have entrusted upon them.”
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