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A Tale of Two (Suspected) Rhino Horn Syndicates

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Two (suspected) rhino horn syndicates, both alike in indignity, in fair South Africa, where we lay our scene. Sarah PappinI am a writer for Saving Rhinos, as well as for her sister blog, Project Pangolin. You may know me from my previous role at Bush Warriors. I am a biologist-turned-writer, with a BSc in wildlife […]

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The Lion Bone’s Connected to the … Rhino Horn?

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International concern is growing around South African game industry insiders who are dabbling in illicit rhino horn and lion bone trade.

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South African Rhino Horn Syndicate Case Involving Safari Operators Thrown Out

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A judge has thrown out the case against accused rhino horn syndicate members. The rhino horn syndicate case involving George Fletcher, Gert Saaiman, and Frans Deventer has been thrown out by Judge Nomonde Mngqibisa of the North Gauteng High Court. Rhishja Cota-LarsonI am the founder of Annamiticus, an educational nonprofit organization which provides news and […]

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Rhino Horn Syndicate Suspects Claim Businesses ‘at Risk’ and Personal Lives ‘on Hold’ Due to Trial

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South African rhino horn syndicate suspects will find out Friday if their case will be postponed. South African rhino horn syndicate suspects George Fletcher, Gert Saaiman, and Frans van Deventer must now wait until Friday, October 15th to find out if their case will be postponed. The trio’s attorneys responded by claiming that the criminal […]

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Star Witness in South African Rhino Horn Syndicate Case Unwilling to Testify Due to Threats Against Family

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The state’s star witness says he was ‘intimidated’ and has refused to testify. The star witness in South Africa’s high-profile rhino horn syndicate case involving George Fletcher and Gert Saaiman has reportedly told prosecutors he is no longer willing to testify. Gideon van Deventer said that two private investigators have been visiting him in prison, […]

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Two More Suspects Named in South Africa’s Rhino Crime Syndicate Investigation

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More arrests made in connection to the ‘Groenewald gang’ of South Africa. Police have arrested two more people believed to be involved with the killing of hundreds of rhinos in South Africa in order to profit from the illegal rhino horn trade. The suspects have been named as Gys du Preez, a professional hunter, and […]

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South Africa: 20 Rhino Carcasses Found on Syndicate Suspect Groenewald’s Musina Property

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Authorities have made a grisly discovery on the farm of an alleged rhino crime syndicate member. Investigators have unearthed 20 rhino carcasses on syndicate suspect Dawie Groenewald’s “Pragtig” property in Musina. It is suspected that Groenewald – dubbed “the butcher of Pragtig” – purchased the rhinos at auction in order to sell their horns, then […]

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South Africa: Warrants Issued, More ‘Shocking’ Arrests Expected in Rhino Crime Syndicate Investigation

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Additional arrests are anticipated in the battle to protect South Africa’s rhinos. South Africa’s high-profile rhino crime syndicate investigation is expected to net several more shocking suspects from within the conservation community. Rhishja Cota-LarsonI am the founder of Annamiticus, an educational nonprofit organization which provides news and information about wildlife crime and endangered species. I […]

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Despite Suspected Ties to Crime Syndicate, Court Grants Bail to More Rhino Killers

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Two more alleged rhino killers with possible syndicate ties are out on bail. Although they were caught red-handed with two rhino horns at the time of their arrest, Michael Sithole and Leonard Mashego have reportedly been released on R7,500 bail by the White River Magistrate’s Court. Sadly, a dead rhino with missing horns had been […]

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Criminal Trial Begins in October for South African Safari Operators Accused of Killing Rhinos, Dealing in Rhino Horn

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At least nine people are scheduled to stand trial next month for their suspected involvement with the illegal rhino horn trade. The long-awaited trial of nine rhino crime syndicate suspects is scheduled to begin on October 11th in the North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria. The accused include George Fletcher of Sandhurst Safaris and Gert Saaiman […]

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