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 […]

Rhino horn kingpin sentenced to 40 years in prison

A key figure in an international rhino horn trafficking syndicate, Chumlong Lemtongthai, has been sentenced to an effective 40 years imprisonment by a regional court magistrate in South Africa. Read “Killing for Profit” for the inside story on the activities of Lemtongthai, South african game farmer Marnus Steyl and the Xaysavang syndicate. Devastating video footage […]

‘Musina Mafia’ arming poachers

9 July, 2010 Julian Rademeyer, Beeld Pretoria – Hunting rifles stolen in South Africa are being fitted with silencers and allegedly smuggled into Zimbabwe by a Musina hunter to be used in poaching rhino. A Beeld investigation reveals that ruthless South African hunters and safari-operators are plundering Zimbabwe’s wildlife stocks and making a killing from […]

Farm attack gun used for poaching

9 July, 2010 Julian Rademeyer, Beeld Johannesburg – A Winchester hunting rifle stolen during a violent farm attack in Limpopo has provided a vital link between the so-called “Musina mafia”, rhino poachers operating in southern Zimbabwe and criminal gangs trading in stolen weapons. The .375 rifle with the serial number G1179783 was seized by Zimbabwean […]

The “Musina Mafia”

Julian Rademeyer talks to Simon Gear of 50|50  about his investigations into a ruthless poacher, a farm attack and the cross-border smuggling of hunting rifles used to kill rhinos. Tweet