In total, 51 cases in which 51 people were convicted have been finalised. The heaviest sentence handed down was 34 years' imprisonment, while two Mpumalanga men were sentenced to 28 years behind bars for killing rhino and being in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.
In the Skukuza court, two Mozambican nationals were convicted for poaching a rhino in the Kruger Park, possession of unlawful firearms and ammunition and being in the country illegally. They were sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment.
In another matter, two Mozambican citizens were convicted of poaching two rhinos in Kruger National Park, possession of unlawful firearms and ammunition and sentenced to 19 years' imprisonment. In addition, three South Africans were sentenced on charges of rhino poaching in the Kruger Park and firearm-related charges, and sentenced to an effective 24 years in jail.
From park to casino
The global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), had completed an assessment in 2019 of the threats posed to SA and the effort being made to fight these crimes.
“During this process the contribution of wildlife trafficking to the generation of proceeds of crime was found to pose a medium to high risk to the country,” said the ministry.