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SA court syndicate said to help rhino poachers escape justice

By Alastair Leithead First published on BBC News A whistle-blower has told the BBC he was the middleman between rhino-horn smugglers and a court syndicate in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. He alleges he took money given to a lawyer from rhino-horn kingpins and paid it to people within the judiciary. The lawyer, Welcome Ngwenya, denies Read more >

SANParks, Wiese involved in dodgy Namibian rhino deal

By John Grobler and Khadija Sharife First published on OCCRP Major gaps between South African and Namibian legislation that regulates the endangered species trade allowed for the sale of at least 13 white rhino bulls from a South African game park to a Russian big game hunting outfit in Namibia. Nine of these rhinos were Read more >

Corruption a major enabler of the illegal wildlife trade

Wildlife poaching is still a problem that affected countries such as South Africa can’t seem to get to grips with. A new report, released in November 2016 by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), details the role that corruption plays in the perpetuation of the atrocious trade – corruption that emanates not only from countries that Read more >

Corruption and Poaching: The Tusk at Hand

By Maurice Oniango and Andrew Ochieng First published by Journalists for Transparency Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania are waging a war on poaching, but one of the greatest challenges to winning it is corruption among the people fighting it. Secretive criminal syndicates pay off police, judges and customs officials to keep their lucrative trade moving. Read more >

Corruption and the wildlife trade

Veterinarian Mark Jones, currently programmes manager for wildlife at the UK’s Born Free Foundation, says that corruption is a huge threat to the safety of our fauna, as it facilitates the illegal trade in animal parts, especially sought-after items such as elephant ivory and rhino horns. This letter, written by him, was published in Daily Read more >