Minister Mahlobo wants rhino poacher investigated
State security minister David Mahlobo has had to defend himself after a documentary on Al Jazeera that linked him to illegal rhino horn trading. In the documentary, a businessman who boasts pictures of himself and the minister together. One of the most disturbing allegation in the documentary is that members of a high-level delegation accompanying Chinese President Chi Jin Ping to South Africa last year during the Johannesburg summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation bought rhino horn and “a lot of” ivory.
Mahlobo says he had no idea what activities the self-confessed criminal Guan Jiang Guang was involved in when he visited his spa. Guang, however, says he has a friendship with Minister Mahlobo. The man also alleges that the Minister on some occasions came to his private residence.
In a statement,the minister says “It is extremely reckless and mischievous for an internationally renowned broadcaster like Al Jazeera to be broadcasting such misleading content despite our response‚”
According to the statement released, Mahlobo “has initiated the following remedial actions to deal with some of the alarming claims made in the documentary”:
– Requesting that Mpumalanga Police Commissioner immediately investigate all allegations made against him in the documentary;
– Requested that the commissioner take action against Guan for illegal rhino poaching activity; and
– Requested the commissioner additionally look into claims by Guan that he employs illegal immigrants and circumvents immigration laws.
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