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SANParks staff held for poaching

The two staff members were taken into custody on suspicion of rhino poaching.

A rhino calf stands next to its mother after being killed by poachers at the Finfoot Lake Reserve in the Brits district. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Two staff have been arrested in connection with rhino poaching, South African National Parks (SANParks) confirmed on Tuesday.

The pair was taken into custody on Monday on suspicion of poaching activity during the weekend.

SANPark spokesperson Ike Phaahla says they will appear at the White River Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Phaahla says the fight against poaching is not only external.

More than 170 rhino have been killed in South Africa this year.

Last year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela received a request to investigate the salaries of top SANParks officials.

According to reports, non-governmental organisation (NGO) Aikona approached the protector to conduct the probe.

The group alleges SANParks is being mismanaged.

Close to 1,000 rhino were killed in South African in 2013.