This constitutes yet one more embarrassment on the backs of the South African government. Money exchanging hands to sell rhino to hunting outfitters, money unaccounted for from the Dutch lottery, translocation plans made only to fall through, as the "window of opportunity" was missed, and now this. Where does it end?
"Our rhino are dying because of ineffective systems: a lack of the required political will, alleged complicity in poaching by security and policing services, lack of information sharing between our enforcement agencies and judicial sanction that is not yet swift or severe enough," Stander said.
In Edna Molewa's rhino poaching statement in early August, the "Strategic Management of Rhino" was announced. It calls for managing rhino populations, international collaboration and intervention, and bolstering existing interventions. One of those existing interventions included improved intelligence gathering and analysis capability.