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Rhino Poacher Sentenced to 77 Years in Prison


South African National Parks (SANParks) welcomed the heavy sentencing of a poacher to a total of 77 years in prison for rhino poaching and other related offenses. He was sentenced in the Nelspruit Magistrates Court on the 22nd of July. 

Mandla Chauke was arrested in the Kruger National Park in 2011 after he had killed three rhino calves.

The Acting Chief Executive Officer of SANParks, Abe Sibiya, commended the courts, in particular Magistrate Msibi, for imposing such a lengthy jail term. This is a huge triumph for the rhino and we warmly welcome this reward as it will provide a much needed boost for the anti-poaching teams who endure harsh conditions for the protection of our parks.

The Kruger National Park has lost 370 animals to poaching since January this year and 62 people were arrested in connection with some of the cases.

“Our wish is to see a significant increase in such convictions and for the law enforcement authorities in affected countries to cooperate and work with us to end this scourge”, concluded Sibiya.