Police, prosecutors and game rangers from Swaziland are receiving
training by the Endangered Species Protection Agency (ESPA) formed by
British and American Special Forces, foreign media reports today.The
ESPA has an anti-poaching unit which is involved in the war against
rhino poaching, also including the elephant, gorilla, tiger and
ESPA Spokesperson Martin Hewitt, a former officer of Her Majesty’s
Third Battalion Parachute Regiment, told foreign media that Operation
Alpha is working with Swaziland’s Big Game Parks, offering three
services which are: physical training and management of crime scenes,
operational support and investigation.
Poaching is rife in Swaziland, with rangers forced to shoot and kill
poachers. The recent fatal shooting of a poacher occurred last week
where a 16-year-old pupil, Delisa Mngometulu was killed by rangers
while allegedly poaching at Mbuluzi Game Reserve.