The State Security boss and the rhino horn trafficker

By Julian Rademeyer State Security Minister David Mahlobo has allegedly been hanging out with a Chinese organised crime figure who traffics rhino horns and openly brags about bribing South African justice and   immigration officials. These claims are contained in a new documentary by Al Jazeera Investigates, which also draws on research I conducted for the […]

Black market ivory: N’bouke jailed

By Julian Rademeyer Emile N’bouke – the ivory carver and shopkeeper referred to as “The Boss” or “Le Patron” by illegal ivory dealers in Togo’s capital Lomé –  has been jailed for 15 months and ordered to pay a fine of US$10,300. The maximum prison sentence allowed for under Togolose law for ivory trafficking  is […]

Vietnam in denial, blames China for rhino slaughter

By Julian Rademeyer Bangkok, Thailand – The head of Vietnam’s wildlife trade authority has angrily dismissed accusations that his country is the driving force behind the illicit trade in rhino horn, describing them as “bullshit”. He went on to blame China for the slaughter. In a rare interview during the triennial conference of parties to […]