SANParks accused of rubbishing an anti-poaching measure so it can cash in on legalised trade. By Sipho Mwanza
With three rhinos being killed in South Africa every day (1,004 in 2013), you’d think those responsible for preserving our wildlife would be waging a war on poaching. Instead they seem to be waging a propaganda war. And, as is so often the case, there’s big money at stake.
South Africa’s vast stockpiles are estimated to stand at 20 tonnes, which, at a price of US$60,000 a kilogramme, could raise R11 billion.
That, no doubt, is why the government makes little effort to hide its preference for the so-called “pro-trade” camp.