The Minister of Forestry and the Environment, Barbara Creecy says the Green Scorpions have offered their assistance to police to help track and arrest the murderers of Timbavati’s head ranger, Anton Mzimba.
Mzimba was gunned down outside his home on Tuesday last week.
Creecy last week paid homage to Mzimba’s fight against rhino poaching.
Creecy says Mzimba was a key member of the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Forum.
She says Mzimba dedicated his life to conservation and the promotion of sound relations between conservation authorities and communities living on the outskirts of protected areas.
Mzimba had 24 years of experience as a field ranger and was the winner of the Field Ranger of the Year award at the annual Rhino Awards in 2016.
The Minister says his murder only a few days ahead of World Ranger Day on 31 July, highlights the dangers rangers face protecting our country’s wildlife on a daily basis.
Creecy says the number of successful arrests and prosecutions recorded over the past 6 months, can be attributed to the continued successful collaboration between the law enforcement agencies, customs, and excise officials, and the National Prosecuting Authority.
Read Creecy’s full statement here.
- Increase in incidences of rhino poaching on private property.
- Rhino-poachers sentenced to a combined 105 years in prison.
Minister Creecy pays her special tribute to head #ranger Mr Anton Mzimba, who was gunned down outside his home on Tuesday this week.
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