Arms probe links Czech guns to Kruger rhino slaughter

26 May 2019 - 00:00 By DON PINNOCK
A syndicate helped elevate small-scale rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park to an industrial level.
A syndicate helped elevate small-scale rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park to an industrial level.
Image: DANIEL BORN

A gunrunning network dubbed the Rhino Rifle Syndicate is behind a worldwide plot to equip Kruger National Park poachers with high-powered Czech-made rifles.

An investigation by the Conflict Awareness Project, an international organisation that investigates arms traffickers, has traced how the syndicate helped elevate small-scale rhino poaching to an industrial level.

This is revealed in a shocking report of a four-year investigation headed by Conflict Awareness Project director Kathi Lynn Austin. The report implicates the Mozambican ministry of the interior, and other state authorities there and in SA in rhino poaching.

Read the full story in the Sunday Times.


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