Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT), MEC Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane led the first multi-stakeholder march against rhino poaching in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) today.
The march coincided with the resumption of the Ndlovu gang trial in the Makhanda High Court who stands accused of illegal darting and poaching a number of rhinos in the Eastern Cape and across the country.
Participants in the march include provincial and local political leaders, private reserves, NGOs, senior officials from government entities from DEDEAT and Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA).
“We are saying this cannot happen in our province and surely not under our watch. (The march is also) to pay a fitting tribute to the late former Minister of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), Dr Edna Molewa who has over the years been in the forefront in the fight against wildlife crimes,” said Mabuyane.
The march also signified a turning point as it was for the first time in South Africa that political leaders, government officials and private reserves stood together to make a united statement against rhino poaching.