SA pushes for legal rhino horn trade

By Julian Rademeyer Bangkok, Thailand – South Africa’s environmental Affairs ­Minister Edna Molewa has thrown her weight behind controversial calls for the legalisation of trade in rhino horn. Molewa said for the first time in an interview that she believes it “is the right direction” to take and could be the key to saving South Africa’s […]

“Of all the books and articles I have read on this subject, this is the best”

“This is a devastating story, born of relentless, thorough investigation”, writes Sue Blaine in her review of Killing for Profit. “Julian Rademeyer spent two years bringing to life this story of corruption, greed and selfish depravity, but also of courage, tradition and honour. “They are all here, the smugglers, the conservationists, the hedonists, the self-sacrificing. […]

3rd Degree: Busting the illegal rhino horn trade

3rd Degree with Debora Patta and Julian Rademeyer investigates the illegal rhino horn trade, pseudo-hunting, and  the activities of a ruthless Laotian crime syndicate headed by Vixay Keosavang, the “Pablo Escobar of wildlife crime”. (Be warned, the shows contains upsetting scenes which may disturb sensitive viewers) Tweet

Apartheid’s Secret

The latest archive document…In January 1996, Judge Mark Kumleben – the chairman of a commission of inquiry into the illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn in South Africa – released his report. It ran to more than 200 pages and, despite the dry legalese, read like a thriller. It found that the South African […]

South Africa’s Rhino War

More than 80 rhinos have been killed by poachers in the first six weeks of 2013. At the current rate, poaching levels – which have doubled since 2010 –  could easily exceed the 800 mark by the end of the year. Julian Rademeyer talks to eNCA’s Eleni Giokos about the poaching crisis and the seemingly […]

Operation Lock’s Secret

This is one of the operational reports compiled in June 1989 by Colonel Ian Crooke, the leader of Operation Lock, an ill-fated covert plan to combat rhino poaching and assassinate rhino horn dealers in Southern Africa. The strange tale is the subject of two chapters in Killing for Profit. Crooke, a decorated  SAS veteran led […]

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 […]