South African law enforcement are searching the gunmen who killed one particular of its leading rhino poaching investigators in an ambush.
Lt Col Leroy Brewer’s killing was “senseless” and a “enormous decline”, police chief Gen Khehla Sitole explained.
He had “usually excelled in cracking advanced conditions, particularly connected to rhino poaching”, Gen Sithole extra.
South Africa has witnessed a fall in poaching in new yrs after stepping up efforts to secure the animals.
A complete of 594 rhinos were being killed for their horns in 2019, in comparison with 769 in 2018 and 1,028 in 2017, formal data exhibit.
Rhino horns are in huge desire in Asian states such as China and Vietnam, the place they are employed in standard medications.
Most of the poaching can take position in the earth-famed Kruger Countrywide Park, which borders Mozambique, according to campaign group Help you save the Rhino.
Who was Col Brewer?
He investigated poaching syndicates in Kruger, as perfectly as syndicates included in ambushing armoured vehicles transporting cash from banks.
He was driving to function when he was shot useless by gunmen with superior-calibre weapons on Tuesday. He died on the location.
Gen Sithole had requested a “multidisciplinary” workforce of investigators “not to relaxation until eventually Col Brewer’s killers are introduced to e-book”, the police chief’s place of work reported in a assertion.
Regional media reports say that Col Brewer performed a key position in the 2018 arrest of two suspected rhino poaching kingpins, and had explained in court that he had been assaulted by protesters demanding their release on bail.
His colleagues have described him as a lover of nature, and a highly competent investigator who was committed to his work.