Mr Pres­i­dent, what about the rhino killings?

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO LETTERS -

THIS is an open let­ter to the Pres­i­dent,

His Ex­cel­lency, Mr Ramaphosa.

I apol­o­gise for not be­ing able to nar­row this down to the ap­pro­pri­ate min­is­ter but af­ter look­ing at more than 30 names of min­is­ters, not to men­tion deputy min­is­ters, the near­est min­is­ters I could come up with might be the Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs, Edna Molewa and Tokozile Xasa, Min­is­ter of Sports and Recre­ation, not that mur­der­ing rhi­nos could be con­sid­ered a sport, but they are lo­cated in a park.

Some­thing has to be done about this poach­ing prob­lem, and I’m not talk­ing about buy­ing lit­tle beaded bracelets to con­trib­ute to the ‘cause’.

We are see­ing no real ac­tion.

We are not see­ing high level talks with the coun­tries in­volved, namely Viet­nam, China, In­done­sia, and the Far East in gen­eral.

We are not see­ing South African am­bas­sado­rial groups travel to th­ese coun­tries to speak to the peo­ple via the me­dia.

We are not see­ing trade em­bar­goes with the above.

We are not see­ing travel bans to the above.

We are not see­ing armed guards on each and ev­ery rhino. (There aren’t that many left).

We are not see­ing ra­dio col­lars.

We are not see­ing sound de­tec­tion de­vices for gun­shots.

We are not see­ing much of any­thing.

The only thing we are see­ing is one of the king­pins of the rhino horn trade get his trial post­poned, post­poned, post­poned ...

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