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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: InsideHook by Tobias Carroll.]

When we read about poaching animals, the issue is usually phrased in terms of environmental effect or governmental policy. “Poachers sometimes kill or capture animals to sell them locally or for the global trade in wildlife,” wrote Jani Actman in a 2019 National Geographic piece. And an article from that same year in The New York Times explored the increased demand for lion bones — something that has had an international impact and which has affected governmental policies in different ways.

One thing that most coverage about poachers and poaching doesn’t necessarily address, though, is that it can also be a matter of life and death for humans. At The New York Times, liana Magra and Lynsey Chutel wrote about the death of Lt.-Col. Leroy Bruwer, a South African detective whose focus was on stopping the poaching of rhinos. His work, apparently, cost him his life:

On Tuesday morning, Colonel Bruwer was driving to work when he was shot by gunmen with what appeared to be “heavy-caliber weapons” in the northeastern city of Mbombela, the South African police said. Colonel Bruwer, who was 49, died at the scene.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.6% y/y in February 2020 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in February 2020 (PPI)
-1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2019)
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