Media Release: SANParks congratulates Magistrate Msibi for sentencing
South African National Parks (SANParks) today, 22 July 2014, welcomed the heavy sentencing of a rhino poacher to a total of 77 years in prison for rhino poaching and related offences. He was sentenced in the Nelspruit Magistrates Court today.
Mandla Chauke was arrested in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in 2011 after he had killed three rhino calves.
The Acting Chief Executive Officer of SANParks, Abe Sibiya commended the courts in particular Magistrate Msibi, for imposing such a lengthy jail term. This is a huge triumph for the rhino and we warmly welcome this reward as it will provide the much needed boost to the anti poaching teams who endure harsh conditions for the protection of our parks.
The KNP has lost 370 animals to poaching since January this year and 62 people were arrested in connection with some of the cases.
“Our wish is to see a significant increase in such convictions and for the law enforcement authorities in affected countries to cooperate and work with us to end this scourge”, concluded Sibiya.
South African National Parks (SANParks) Kruger National Park Communications
Tel: 013 735 4262
GM: Communications & Marketing, Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919
Acting Head of Communications, SANParks
Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999
Media Specialist, SANParks
Tel: 012 426 5315; Cell: 083 673 6974
Browse accommodation and activities availability, and book online via our secure payment system and get 5% discount (excludes activities)
Get unlimited access to most of Southern Africa’s premier conservation areas.
Membership is valid from date of purchase for 365 days and is available for an individual, couple or family, as well as international guests. Learn more...
- Fun filled Penguin Festival for African Penguin Awareness Day in Table Mountain National Park
Posted by: MATTHYS on 27th September 2016
- Addo Cam 27/09/2016
Posted by: Dibles on 27th September 2016
- Military truck overturns at Crocodile River low level bridge in the Kruger National Park
Posted by: Elsa on 27th September 2016