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Grahamstown SAPS need your help in curbing rhino poaching

FEBRUARY 3, 2016
Grahamstown SAPS need your help in curbing rhino poaching

Grahamstown police on Wednesday made an appeal to the community to be vigilant following recent reports that rhinos have been killed by "callous criminals" just outside the town.

"As the investigation continues, an appeal is made to the community to report crime and criminal activities to their local SAPS," said Grahamstown SAPS spokesperson, Captain Mali Govender.

"The following can be reported, any vehicles sighted or parked for an prololonged period in the area close to the game reserves;

  • Light aircraft, choppers or handgliders that are flying low over the an area that is close to a game farm.
  • Persons making enquiries on information about Rhinos."

Cpt Govender also said that the community can register as informants with the SAPS.

"An informant is any member of the community who provide information to the SAPS of any known criminal or criminal activities in the area. All positive information is rewarded by an informant fee. All information is treated with confidence," she said.

"Community members are urged to get involved with the Community Policing Forums and Sector Forums. At these platforms, general information on how to combat crime can be shared."

Any person with information on wildlife crime can SMS or leave a message on the tip off line 078 696 9494 / or contact the following persons directly in the Grahamstown Cluster, Warrant Officer Francois Vos, on 084 405 4398, or Captain George Green on 082 442 3685.