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Media Release: Another vet arrested for crimes against rhinos

Date: 21st January 2011

The Chief Executive Officer of South African National Parks (SANParks), Dr David Mabunda, announced at Pretoria today, 21 January 2011, that a Wildlife Veterinarian, Dr Andre Charles Uys, appeared in the Musina Magistrate Court on charges related to illegal rhino activities.

Dr Uys was arrested through the efforts of the National Wildlife Crime Reaction Unit, led by the Hawks. He was charged for the illegal dehorning of 15 rhinos under Section 57 (1) of the National Environment Management: Biodiversity Act No 10 of 2004 – “A person may not carry out a restricted activity involving a specimen of a listed threatened or protected species without a permit issued in terms of Chapter 7”. The wildlife vet is accused of having perpetrated the alleged activity in the Maremani Game Reserve in the Limpopo Province.

He was arrested this morning, appeared in the Musina Magistrate Court and was released on bail of R10,000. The case has been postponed to the 18 March 2011.

Dr Mabunda said that it should be noted that anyone who does anything that is illegal or untoward to South Africa’s wildlife will face the full might of the law.

Issued by:
SANParks Corporate Communications

For Media Interviews contact:
- wanda mkutshulwa, Head of Communications: South African National Parks (SANParks)Tel: (012) 426 5201 / 0829082692; E-mail: wandam@sanparks.org

- McIntosh Polela, Spokesperson for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI), Tel: 082 475 1427; E-mail: dpci.communications@saps.org.za

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