Ministry of Water and Environmental Affairs and SANParks Board saddened by the loss of lives in the KNP
The Ministry and SANParks Board are saddened that the pilot and crew of the South African Air Force Agusta A109 light utility helicopter were killed during a routine air patrol during the anti-poaching operation named Operation Rhino on Saturday night. This operation is aimed at stemming the scourge of rhino poaching in South Africa.
Of the 188 rhino poached in South Africa as of last week, 135 had been killed in the Kruger National Park since January. The KNP remains the hardest hit by the scourge of poaching of these iconic animals having lost 425 rhino to poachers during 2012.
The Ministry and SANParks Board support the SA Air Force in determining the sequence of events that led to the fatal crash of the helicopter. We hope this sad event will not deter our men and women working tirelessly to protect our country’s rhino population against the on-going scourge of poaching by marauding bandits.
For media queries contact Albi Modise on 083 490 2871
The Department of Environmental Affairs
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