Diplomats and Deceit – North Korea’s Criminal Activities in Africa

A new report written for The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime by Julian Rademeyer, the author of Killing for Profit, lifts the lid on state-sanctioned North Korean criminal activity in Africa, exposing diplomats and embassies linked to illicit trade in rhino horn, ivory, cigarettes and minerals. Research conducted by the Global Initiative has linked North Korean […]

Organised criminal gangs behind rhino horn processing in South Africa

A TRAFFIC report has revealed disturbing new evidence that some criminal networks of Chinese origin operating in South Africa are now processing rhino horn locally into beads, bracelets, bangles and powder to evade detection and provide ready-made products to consumers in Asia, mainly in Viet Nam and China. The report, Pendants, Powder and Pathways—A rapid assessment […]

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 […]

Dodgy diplomats, poachers, spies and the illicit rhino horn trade

More than six thousand rhinos have fallen to poachers’ bullets in Africa over the past decade and only about 25,000 remain – a fraction of the tens of thousands that roamed parts of the continent fifty years ago. Dozens more have been shot in so-called “pseudo-hunts”. Across Europe, castles and museums have been raided by […]

North Korea’s diplomats smuggled rhino horn

By Julian Rademeyer Pretoria – A high-ranking North Korean diplomat accused of abusing his diplomatic immunity and his embassy’s diplomatic bag to smuggle rhino horn out of South Africa has been expelled from the country. News24 has learnt that Park Chol-jun – also identified in some news reports as Pak Chol Chun – quietly left […]

United States Indicts Dawie Groenewald

By Julian Rademeyer Dawie Groenewald, a notorious South African game farmer and alleged “rhino horn syndicate kingpin”, has been indicted by United States prosecutors on charges relating to illegal rhino hunts. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that Groenewald, 46, and his younger brother Janneman, 44, have been charged with “conspiracy to sell illegal […]

‘Groenewald gang’ trial postponed (again)

By Julian Rademeyer UPDATED: 23 September 2016 – The trial of Dawie Groenewald, a notorious South African game farmer and alleged “rhino horn syndicate kingpin”, has been set down for 15 June 2017. It has been six years since various suspects linked to the so-called “Groenewald gang” were arrested in highly-publicised police raids. The case has […]