SANParks staff to appear in court

The two suspects were arrested in connection with a rhino poaching incident at the weekend.

FILE: A rhino being treated with indelible dye to prevent rhino poaching at the Askari Game Lodge in Gauteng.  Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Two South African National Parks (SANParks) employees will appear in court on Wednesday in connection with a rhino poaching incident at the Kruger National Park at the weekend.

Police arrested the pair on Monday.

SANParks spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli says criminal acts involving staff members will not be tolerated.

"They are expected to appear in the White River Magistrates Court and this is an indication to a very serious stance in the fight against rhino poaching.

"We are not only looking externally, but also within ourselves, if there are one or two rotten apples within our force."

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

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.