Update: Key “Musina Mafia” figure jailed for ten years

22 November, 2012 A key figure in the so-called “Musina Mafia”, Rodgers Mukwena, has been jailed for ten years after pleading guilty to the illegal possession of rhino horn. It is the maximum sentence allowable under South African law for a first-time offender in this category of crime. But while the Zimbabwean teacher-turned-poacher may have […]

Killing for Profit launch trailer

The official launch of “Killing for Profit – Exposing the illegal rhino horn trade” took place on  on 21 November 2012 at Hyde Park Exclusive Books. Watch the launch trailer… Tweet

Talk Radio 702 Interview About the Book

Julian Rademeyer discusses “Killing for Profit – Exposing the illegal rhino horn trade” with Talk Radio 702’s John Robbie in a podcast of an interview recorded on 20 November 2012. Click on the headline to listen… Tweet

Al Jazeera Correspondent – The Last Rhino

A remarkable film by Clifford Bestall and Jonah Hull; two fine journalists  that I had the privilege of accompanying on a journey to Mozambique. For more on the poachers and the tragedy of the poaching villages featured in the documentary, read this extract from “Killing for Profit”, published by the Mail & Guardian: Deep in […]

Live on Newsnight

On Friday, 9 November 2012, Julian Rademeyer spoke to eNCA Newsnight presenter Jeremy Maggs about the controversial decision taken by South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority to drop charges against five people implicated in the activities of an international wildlife trafficking syndicate. For more on the case, click here and here. Tweet

Rhino butchers caught on film

As Xaysavang syndicate “lieutenant” Chumlong Letongthai was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment this week, disturbing footage emerged showing an apparent rhino “pseudo-hunt” involving Lemtongthai, game farmer Marnus Steyl and professional hunter Harry Claassens. (Warning: Graphic content.) Read the full story in the Mail & Guardian: “Disturbing video footage of a bloody rhino hunt on a […]

The story that exposed the Xaysavang syndicate…

Chumlong Lemtongthai

Wildlife trafficking trail trail leads to SA safari man 21 July 2011 By Julian Rademeyer (Media24 Investigations) Johannesburg – A South African lion breeder and safari operator has emerged as a key supplier of millions of rands worth of rhino horn to a ruthless southeast Asian wildlife trafficking syndicate. Marnus Steyl, 37, allegedly stood to […]