Christians from all denominations in the neighbouring communities on the Kruger National Park’s (KNP) north-west border joined in prayer and praise at the Shingwedzi Soccer Field on Saturday October 13, 2012.
The special church service, held in partnership with the Malamulele Pastors Fraternal and the KNP, asked for God’s protection against the current spike in rhino poaching in the park and country.
Addressing the congregation Mr William Mabasa; Head of Department: Public Relations and Communication; KNP, expressed his gratitude to all the Christians for having realised the importance of working together in fighting the scourge of rhinos. “We came here to ask God to intervene in this war that our country is currently facing. There is no doubt that indeed rhinos are under siege, but if we have God nothing is impossible” commented Mabasa.
”We believe that if community structures stand up to fight rhino poaching, eventually poachers will be isolated. We appreciate the religious support because it brings about the power of God in the fight against rhino poaching” said Mabasa.
Since the beginning of the year, 272 rhinos had been poached in Kruger.