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 […]

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 […]

Poaching Wars with Tom Hardy

Poaching Wars with Tom Hardy airs on BBC Knowledge, DSTV channel 184 on Sunday 27 April 2014 and Sunday 4 May 2014 at 6pm. Julian Rademeyer, author of Killing for Profit – Exposing the illegal rhino horn trade  was one of the people Hardy interviewed on a journey that took him from South Africa to Botswana […]