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SA, Moz sign anti-poaching deal

Mozambique is a major transit route for rhino horn trafficked to Asia.

An estimated 293 rhino have been killed in South Africa since the beginning of the year. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South Africa has signed an anti-poaching agreement with Mozambique, a major transit route for rhino horn trafficked to Asia.

An estimated 293 rhino have been killed in the country since the beginning of the year, more than half of which were slain in the Kruger National Park.

Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa signed a memorandum of understanding with her Mozambican counterparts yesterday.

Last year, the countries agreed to immediately fix the fence bordering the park in Mozambique as well as deploy an armed anti-poaching unit to the area.

Molewa says the underlying reasons for the escalation in poaching incidents are diverse and include trade and market dynamics, legislative and administrative gaps as well as organised crime.