STATEMENT OF THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM ON THE PUBLICATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF FABRICATIONS ABOUT THE MINISTER AND RHINO POACHING
The Ministry of Tourism has noted what is clearly a fake news report purporting to reflect the views of Minister of Tourism, Ms Toko Xasa, on rhino poaching. We would like to state categorically that the Minister did not and could never have expressed any view remotely justifying the criminal and barbaric practice of rhino poaching. More generally, the Ministry wishes to advise the public to be mindful of the proliferation of fake news websites which have sadly become a permanent feature of modern society.
The Minister is deadly opposed to rhino poaching as she is all forms of animal cruelty. Rhinos are an important part of our national heritage and must be protected for the benefit of current and future generations. Working together with civil society and communities, government continues to register success in fighting poachers.
Issued by the Ministry of Tourism
16 August 2017.
For more information, please contact Adv Mahlodi Sam Muofhe, Special Advisor to the Minister, on +27 82 972 0141.