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President Jacob Zuma, State Security Minister David Mahlobo and Mpumalanga Premier DD Mabuza

State Security Minister David Mahlobo has denied having any links with poachers. This after a high level rhino horn traffic implicated the minister to a syndicate in rhino poaching.

A documentary that aired on Al Jazeera on Sunday , purports a linkage and the involvement of Minister Mahlobo in the illegal rhino horn trade

Bragging, a trafficker Guang Jiang Guang who was being secretly filmed by AlJazeera shows a picture of himself with the State Security minister at his massage palour.

“He came to my massage parlour every week or at least twice a month.  I know him very well.”


In a statement the State Security minister says ;

“They [Aljazeera] are basically linking the fact that I used to visit a Spa in Mpumalanga solely for the services that they render, to the illegal poaching of rhino horns by its owner – which I have also just been made aware of now through the aired broadcast,” he said. “A number of my comrades, friends and high profile personalities visit the Mbombela spa, take photos with Guang’s family and some of his staff. Are these individuals now also involved on the illegal rhino trade? People drop names of high profile individuals and take photos-does this mean friendship or connection? I don’t think so”

The trafficker claims that the minister’s wife is the one running the business, adding that in South Africa, the wives are the ones who run things.


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