The Courier-Mail

Rhino poaching on rise

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JOHANNESBU­RG: A prosecutor in South Africa’s Kruger National Park says rhino poaching cases appear in court like “shopliftin­g cases in the city”, casting doubt on the country’s anti-poaching strategy as it suffers another year of rhino carnage.

For the past six years, prosecutor Ansie Venter has been working on rhino poaching cases in Skukuza Magistrate­s’ Court, the legal heart of the world-famous park. Despite a high conviction rate, Ms Venter is still seeing waves of people coming through the court in connection with poaching, a state of affairs that riles her.

“I think it’s still getting busier by the day,” Ms Venter said.

South Africa is on track to see another record year of rhino poaching. Last year, 1215 rhinos were killed for their horn, used in East Asia for its supposed medicinal qualities.

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