Rhino Wars – and idiots

My friend from Executive Outcomes spoke to me the other night, he was asking why I have almost stopped posting about the rhino, and confirming we still have men ready to go. I told him, all the people do is talk. I wrote this two years ago, got all the guys in line, and no-one wanted us. So be it. https://waynebisset.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/how-to-end-the-rhino-poaching/
Just before Johan and I spoke I had read the article below.
Open Letter to OSCAP from the SANParks Head of Communications

Date: 28th January 2013

SANParks have noted with concern the recent irresponsible pronouncements made in the social media platforms by Allison Thompson of Outraged South African Citizens Against Poaching (OSCAP), an anti-poaching lobby group, concerning allegations of poaching equipment having been found in staff quarters during the recent flood evacuations. Thompson alleges that some “sources” further alleged that there were shocking discoveries of illegal tenants in the park which included some Mozambicans being housed in the staff accommodation in the Kruger National Park.

First of all it is important to unmask these supposed “sources”, which from the information we have, seem to be some uninformed mischievous individuals whom a person of Thompson’s responsibility should be discerning enough not to rely on. There are official and informed sources that she could have used to verify this information. Also to claim that anyone was contacted at SANParks and refused to comment is an out and out blue lie. We invite Thompson to publicly produce tangible evidence to support this claim by no later than end of business today.

For one thing, no illegal tenants were found in Shingwedzi during the evacuations and SANParks has a list of all people that were rescued. Further, it would be of benefit to Thompson to acquaint herself with operations in the park before making scurrilous statements, because families that live in the park cannot be labeled as illegal tenants, or even their relatives who reside with them. We would like to invite Thompson to produce a list of these so called illegal tenants or inform the law enforcement agencies before making a song and dance in social media.

Further we would like to refute the dangerous and irresponsible lie made by Thompson in the same announcement which alleges that poaching equipment was found in staff quarters. Once again we invite Thompson to produce evidence to this effect to the police.

We know that many people have jumped on the rhino bandwagon for various reasons but we hope that they have at least done so for a genuine desire to find a solution to save our rhinos and not for petty political agendas or scandalous intentions. However, it has come to our attention that the intentions of Thompson or OSCAP are anything but pure and are just nothing more than posturing ahead of the CITES COP 16, and that these views are sponsored by certain NGOs, known to SANParks, with an agenda towards COP16.

It should also be noted that this tendency to use the name of Major General Johan Jooste (retired) in a smear campaign against SANParks is seriously uninformed and in poor taste. SANParks has brought in Maj. Gen. Jooste (ret) to be the Commanding Officer for the ranger corpse in our fight against poaching, not as a mascot for irresponsible and uninformed anti-government activists. Further it should be noted that the responsibility of evacuating people during this difficult time was not and has never been the responsibility of Maj. Gen. Jooste or the rangers.

The last thing we need is OSCAP starting ill-informed campaigns that will distract SANParks from attending to the multiple and complex tasks at hand. If Thompson wants to genuinely contribute to the fight against rhino poaching she should take up real and true campaigns against rhino poaching.

Our employees are traumatized enough at the moment, having lost all their possessions in the floods and possibly lost their lives, without having to deal with such disgusting lies from people in an organization that masquerades as an organization which is concerned about our parks.

We are truly disappointed in OSCAP.

Issued by:
wanda mkutshulwa,
Head of Communications
South African National Parks (SANParks)

Post Script

 Now I knew about the various groups in facebook and the infighting going on there, I tried to talk some sense into them by posting this blogRhino Wars Inner Fighting and Spencer the Rhino. It helped sweet fuck all. Now the stupid group owners that cannot even play nicely together are attacking the Government owned Parks too. The egos of these armchair warriors is scary, the greed is for fame as much as it is for bloody money! I have been in a few wars but never had comrades that I am ashamed of until now.  With all this going on the poachers will kill off the rhino in record time, while these idiots just talk and fight with each other.

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4 Responses to “Rhino Wars – and idiots”

  1. Renata Says:

    Hi Wayne

    To give a context to the letter above, I hope you will at least post the original source of the info (it was not OSCAP) as well as Allison’s apology letter to SANPARKS.

    The reason why SANPARKS reacted in this way – note how vitriolic and attacking the letter is – is because OSCAP is one of the most effective forums around (not the opposite, as you imply). It keeps many of its members (including me) informed about recent news stories and research and most of the discussions and debates on the forum are civil and enlightening. Please also check out what OSCAP has achieved since its inception before you tar it with the same brush as other unscrupulous online forums (and I am sure you are right that there are many).

    I agree with some of your points about specialised units and lack of political will, but calling all members of online forums greedy, fame-seeking armchair warriors is insulting. We cannot all be army/military personnel and you undermine the efforts many of these people make while holding their day jobs – whether through writing letters and donating (general members of the public), applying pressure in their social spheres (those with influence), writing articles about the issues (journalists), making suggestions on how to ease the situation (academics), providing insight into the challenges (private landowners with rhinos) and so on.

    I understand your frustration but please don’t undo the good that has been achieved, especially as we need so much more of it.


  2. Wayne Bisset Says:

    I care not to discuss who did what, the fact that is that the rhino are dying like flies while all the groups etc are supposedly DOING something. I also did not call ALL on line people greedy and fame seeking, please read carefully, and if the cap fits, wear it.

    The post above is not about OSCAP, it states that it is an article that I had read just before my friend called. You again should read and comprehend before writing.

    I have since read some comments on Lorinda Herns wall that Alison has made…. the cap fits her well.

  3. Wayne Bisset Says:

    Thought about this comment Renata, slept on it. I see that although the posts has Alison’s name in it, by chance alone, it has nothing to do with her per se, at all. However you JUMP in to defend her. This speaks volumes. Read this:

    The Mexican Horse Thief’s Strange Classrooms:
    “What is Narcissism? Narcissism is an unhealthy focus on self that affects others in unhealthy ways. Everyone to some extent is narcissistic. Most people ‘want the good stuff’ and from a psychological point of view: everything we do is for some emotional ‘payoff’ – in order to feel better about ourselves and life.

    The definitive quality of healthy narcissism is obtaining self-gratifying results in ways that don’t damage other people, whereas unhealthy narcissism works from the mindset: “I win, and I don’t care if you lose,” or, “Your loss is my win.” Narcissism is self-absorption coupled with destructive behaviour, and is a world-wide epidemic.

    Internet searches for narcissism is literally exploding, thus more people are discovering, researching and asking questions about narcissism. There is a desperate need for this information.

    Narcissist Personality Disorder is a Cluster B mental disorder, and is categorized in this cluster alongside others such as Histrionic Disorder and Borderline Disorder (just to name a couple.)

    Narcissism is known to be a construction of a false self, and therefore the individual will exhibit behaviour that is pathological (not real) in nature. I believe any individual who is not comfortable within their own skin – therefore disconnected from their ‘inner peace’ – can develop narcissistic characteristics. ”

    By God! This fits some of the rhino activists perfectly. I have always “felt” that some on the Save the Rhino actually do not give a hoot about the actual animal, this would explain it.

    And Muchinkensons desease by proxy, would explain people like you!

  4. Gloria Sapp Says:

    very well said wayne

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