Small court that leads the fight against poaching faces closure

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Small court that leads the fight against poaching faces closure

FREE TO READ | Skukuza court has a 100% conviction, and plans to shut it down have been met with outrage

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SA’s so-called “poaching court” faces being shut down, despite it having a perfect conviction rate since 2017.

Citing logistical challenges and costs, plans are afoot to move Skukuza Regional Court, a vital cog in the war on the slaughter of rhino in the Kruger National Park, more than 100km away. It is a move activists believe will set the fight against poaching back several steps.

At the time of the court’s opening in April 2017, the late Edna Molewa, environmental affairs minister at the time, said: “Having a regional court in Skukuza will ensure that the case turnaround times for rhino poaching and related cases are expedited, thus making a significant contribution to tackling the illicit trade in rhino horn and any other related activities.”..

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