9 November 2012

South Africa: IFP Applauds Court's Sentence for Rhino Poacher

Photo: photo: Elles van Gelder
Rhino poaching is on rise in Africa. (File Photo)

press release

The IFP welcomed the sentence handed down earlier today in the magistrate's court in Johannesburg which saw rhino poaching kingpin, Chumlong Lemtongthai sentenced to 40 years in jail.

IFP Spokesperson on Environmental Affairs, Ms Connie Zikalala said "Rhino Poaching remains on the increase in our country and today's sentencing represents the will of the people of South Africa fighting back against this scourge. The IFP welcomes this judgment."

The IFP hopes that the NPA will re-evaluate its decision to not prosecute Marnus Steyl, the game farmer who was not only filming the hunt, but also fired shots that killed the rhino.

The IFP would like to congratulate the National Prosecuting Authority for their efforts and the magistrate for handing down a stiff enough judgment to warn other poachers of the consequences they will face if they choose to continue hunting rhinos illegally.

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