A summation of Edna's tenure can be found in a sentence she uttered just a few weeks ago. On May 5, 2014 while addressing a crowd at the signing of an anti-poaching agreement with Mozambique and promoting her push toward opening the rhino horn trade, she stated that "we do think that it could [win the war on rhino poaching]... just taking it from the lessons we have learned from ivory. We did an ivory once-off sale and elephant poaching has not been a problem since."
To be fair, it is quite possible that Ms. Molewa was specifically referring to the elephants of South Africa in her statement, which have been relatively safe since the one-off sales. The elephants from the rest of the continent, however, have not been so lucky.
Such a statement, even if referring to the elephants of South Africa, is myopic and implies she has turned a blind eye to the elephant poaching occurring throughout the rest of Africa. By not addressing the full scale of poaching, she is unable to comprehend the nuances of the ivory trade and therefore has not learned anything from the one-off sales. The opening of the ivory trade and the mismanagement of it by Chinese authorities has led to the present elephant poaching crises. Ms. Molewa needs to be aware that the one-off sales are not what has protected South Africa's elephants. That came from the country being stable and not having roving bands of militants killing its wildlife. In addition, there are no well established ivory networks such as those in other countries, and certain other factors make it is easier to kill elephants in other countries.