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Mozambique drafts new anti-poaching law

If passed into law, convicted poachers could be sentenced to 12 years in prison and a R1m fine.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Environmental Affairs on Thursday welcomed Mozambique's proposed new law to combat rhino poaching.

At least 277 rhino have been lost to poaching in South Africa since the start of this year.

If the law is passed, convicted poachers in neighbouring Mozambique could be sentenced to 12 years in prison plus a hefty fine of almost R1 million.

Back home, two South African National Parks (SANParks) staff have been arrested in connection with poaching.

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

The suspects appeared in court yesterday.

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.

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