NPA denies allegations of wrongdoing in KZN rhino poaching case

05 November 2017 - 00:00 By MATTHEW SAVIDES

The NPA has denied claims that its eleventh-hour decision to pull a senior prosecutor from the trial of an alleged KwaZulu-Natal rhino-poaching "kingpin" was akin to sabotage.
The allegation of meddling was made by anti-poaching activist Jamie Joseph after state prosecutor Yuri Gangai was removed from the case against Dumisani Gwala and two others who are facing 10 charges mostly relating to the illegal purchase and possession of rhino horn.
On October 9, Gangai was due to travel to Zululand to make a recusal application to have the magistrate removed due to allegations - published in the Sunday Times and on Joseph's Saving The Wild website in July - that bribes were paid to stall the case.
Gangai was told the night before that he was being replaced.

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