'US indictment of SA rhino poaching kingpins a victory'

The Environmental Affairs Dept says it proves international cooperation will yield results.

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Environmental Affairs says an indictment issued by United States authorities for the arrest of two South Africans suspected of being rhino poaching kingpins proves that international cooperation will yield results in fighting the scourge.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has requested the extradition of Dawie and Janneman Groenewald on charges of illegal trade in rhino horn, fraud and organising rhino hunts for Americans.

Dawie also faces nearly 2,000 similar charges in South Africa and is currently out on R1 million bail.

The department's Albi Modise says, "The collaboration between the Hawks and the US law enforcement agencies is indicative of the international collaborations that we have been advocating."