Lindiwe Sisulu condemns poaching and tourists attack in KZN
Lindiwe Sisulu, Politics Web
January 17, 2023
Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu condemns the alleged shooting at tourists
and elephants on the Jozini Dam, which took place Wednesday.
The tourists – five Germans, two Americans, one Australian and four South
Africans, who were staying at a private lodge in the Pongola Dam Reserve,
were on an Elephant River Cruise when the incident took place. No one was
injured in the incident.
Minister Sisulu described the attack as an attack on the country’s economy
as tourism plays a major role in the Country’s GDP.
“Tourism creates thousands of jobs in the country and these attacks are a
direct attack on our economy,” Sisulu said.
According to the owner of the lodge there were no injuries and although the
tourists were traumatized by the incident. The tourists have since moved
onto their next destination.
Tourism and wildlife authorities are working together with the South
African Police Service (SAPS) to crack down on elephant poaching on the
shores of Lake Jozini in northern KwaZulu Natal.
“South Africa and KZN is a safe destination for tourists and incidents like
these, impact negatively on the reputation of our valuable tourism
industry. We are working with law enforcement and other agencies to ensure
the safety of tourists in the country,” Sisulu said.
KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife spokesperson, Musa Mntambo said the rise in elephant
poaching stemmed from community members’ anger over escalating incidents of
human-wildlife conflict that led to the trampling of a resident in
Land around the dam comprises a combination of provincial reserve areas
managed by Ezemvelo Wildlife (including Pongola Nature Reserve) and private