SOUTH AFRICA’S HAWKS SEEK ADVICE ON PROBE INTO MINISTER’S RHINO POACHING LINKS

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation of the South African Police Service, more commonly referred to as the Hawks, say they will seek advice from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regarding their inquiry into Minister for State Security David Mahlobo's alleged involvement in rhino poaching.

The inquiry was launched in November last year, following an expose by the Al Jazeera satellite television network which aired a documentary alleging that suspected rhino horn trafficker Guan Jiang Guang and Mahlobo had a relationship linked to rhino poaching.

The allegations of the relationship between Minister David Mahlobo and Guang Jiang Guang stated that they were friends.

Hawks Spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says the Guang family had since disappeared which made it difficult for them to conduct a proper investigation. We will seek advice from the NPA, as to whether we should continue with the inquiry or not.

Meanwhile, police in Mpumalanga Province are still looking for suspects following the poaching of three rhino over the weekend.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK