QUESTION NO. 3085.
Ms H N Ndude (Cope) to ask the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs:
Whether her department is implementing a coordinated and vigorous strategic plan, overseen by a special task team, to end the carnage of rhinos (details furnished);
if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) has been the outcome since inception up to the latest specified date for which information is available?
3085. THE MINISTER OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS ANSWERS:
Yes, (a) the Department has developed and is implementing the National Strategy for the Safety and Security of Rhinoceros Populations in South Africa; (b) the National Wildlife Crime Reaction Unit has been established to respond to the current upsurge in rhino poaching and the smuggling of rhino horn. In addition, a database on rhino poaching incidents has been established and 78 rhino-related arrests have been made since July 2010.