News Feature, 17th August 2018

South Africa Rhino Poaching: ‘Bribes Paid to Court Syndicate’

By Alastair Leithead, BBC News, South Africa

A police informant 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 that he was involved in paying bribes. But investigations, involving others informants, point to a court syndicate that could be keeping rhino killers beyond the reach of the law.

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