Mrs H N Ndude (Cope) to ask the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development:
Whether, in view of the fact that the National Prosecuting Authority’s head of organised crime (name furnished) had revealed that 26 cases of rhino poaching involving at least 80 suspects was now under investigation, he has taken any steps to ascertain why
(a) the cases are not being investigated with more vigour and (b) the case against eleven accused of alleged involvement in poaching were dropped; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?
Person referred to:- Adv Johan Kruger
(a) I wish to inform the Honourable Member that I am not in a position to comment on the investigation of any case docket pertaining to rhino poaching. Such a question should be addressed to the Minister of Police, who would be in a position to supply the required information.
(b) The case relating to the eleven accused, is the case of The State versus Dawie Groenewald and 12 others. (A further two accused have been added, totaling thirteen accused at present.) This matter has, since the arrest of the first suspects on 20 September 2010, not been withdrawn or struck from the roll. This case was postponed on 22 September 2010 in the Musina Magistrate’s Court to 11 April 2011 for the purposes of further investigation. A Senior Advocate from the National Prosecuting Authority is guiding the investigation and will prosecute in the case.