Minister calls for stringent measures to fight rhino poaching

South Africa has lost nearly 6,000 rhinos to poachers since 2007 including more than 700 so far this year.

Hope the rhino who survived a poaching attack in 2015. Picture: Saving the Survivors.

JOHANNESBURG - Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says while attacks on rhinos have decreased compared to three years ago, there needs to be more stringent security to protect the animals.

Molewa says rhino poaching will be high on the agenda at the 17th conference (COP17) of the parties in Johannesburg this weekend.

South Africa has lost nearly 6,000 rhinos to poachers since 2007 including more than 700 so far this year.

Molewa says species must be protected against exploitation through international trade.

"So for now we're still safe, but we do think that all the measures that we're applying that are about security, we've to strengthen them and we're strengthening them.

"We'll be showcasing what we're doing here in South Africa to strengthen those measure together with the security cluster."