600 extra soldiers to fight S. Africa rhino poaching
South Africa will deploy hundreds more soldiers to its borders to crack down on international syndicates blamed for a surge in rhino poaching, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said Sunday.
"We will be deploying a further four military companies on the Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Lesotho borders as of April 2012, bringing the total number of companies to seven," he told reporters.
Each company comprises 150 soldiers.
"The deployment includes army engineers who are conducting repairs and maintenance on the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border fence, which is approximately 140 kilometres (85 miles)," he added.
Troops were first deployed on April 1, 2011, along the Mozambican border, many of them inside the world-famous Kruger National Park -- one of South Africa's premier tourist draws that has become a magnet for poachers.
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