MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release 22 April 2014

PIECES OF RHINO HORNS STOLEN AT A SECURE SAFE
The Chief Executive Officer of Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA), Mr Jacques Modipane has conveyed his fury and disappointment over the burglary at the MTPA offices that saw a total 112 pieces of rhino horns with a total weight of 80,135kg being stolen at a secure safe. The break-in was discovered by the security personnel on site at around 05:30am Monday, 21 April 2014. These were pieces mainly from dehorning operations conducted. The pieces taken were kept in our storage for purposes of registering them, record keeping and later move them to another secure location where a bulk of stock is kept. Some of the pieces of rhino horns on the MTPA premises were micro chipped, DNA sampled and photographed according to the National Norms and Standards dated 10 April 2012 No 53248 while others were still being processed. A case of burglary and theft has been opened with the police and a full investigation has commenced. During the burglary, access was gained through an office window, a strong room was cut open in this office, the office door was broken and access was gained to the main strong room where the pieces were kept. The MTPA perimeter is well secured with controlled access and 24 hour security personnel is on guard with regular patrol intervals of the premises. We are working closely with the South African Polices Services (SAPS) on the matter to ensure that arrests are made. We will continue to look at all possible leads both internally and externally to ensure that the criminals are apprehended.

As MTPA we take this matter seriously and want to indicate that we will leave no stone unturned until this matter is resolved. ENDS

Issued by Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency Contact Person: Ms Kholofelo Nkambule Senior Manager: Communications Tel. +27 13 759 5550 / 5300 Cell. +27 82 451 2548 Email: kholo@mtpa.co.za | Website: www.mpumalanga.com

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