Mozambique Sentences Rhino Poachers For Crimes Committed In South Africa

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The Mozambican Justice Department has successfully convicted and sentenced two rhino for the of two in South Africa’s Limpopo National Park.

In a statement on Monday, South African National Parks (SANParks) congratulated the department as the conviction was the first of its kind in in over a decade.

A pair of rhino relaxing the the mud | Claire Birtwhistle – Rhino River Lodge

The two men, hailing from the Mapai District in Gaza Province were sentenced to 17 and 16 years imprisonment respectively for protected animals, possession of unlicensed weapons and illegal possession of ammunition.

The sentencing also included a 28-month fine, 5% minimum wage, payment of 300 state minimum wages, and compensation to the park for damages caused.

Isaac Phaahla, spokesperson for SANParks said:

“The historic conviction and sentence is the first in Mozambique since the scourge of rhino emerged in 2008, leading to an MOU between South Africa and that country to counter illegal

The investigation was in collaboration with the SANParks Environmental Crime Investigative Unit in Phalaborwa.”

Rhino and Oxpeckers – Pixabay

SANParks chief executive and (KNP) acting managing executive Fundisile Mketeni shared in the applause:

“Some of the people we arrest in the Kruger National Park for poaching are from Mozambique. It gives one so much hope to note that the authorities in that country are taking the fight against poaching seriously. We also note that this is the first conviction and sentencing of rhino poaching in Mozambique since 2008 and we congratulate and encourage them for ensuring that justice is prevalent in this fight”

This article was first published by Wildest on 3 September 2019.


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Debra Sommerfeld


Maria Anna Mavromichalis

plain & simple they take a life they lose theirs!!!!

Nancy Raymond

This works – ensures they’d never poach again.