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DA calls for an investigation into links between Mahlobo, rhino horn trafficker

Self-confessed criminal Guan Jiang Guang last year said he was an associate of the State Security Minister David Mahlobo.

FILE: State Security Minister David Mahlobo. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it is dismayed to learn that the Hawks have failed to launch an investigation into the relationship between State Security Minister David Mahlobo and what they call self-confessed criminal Guan Jiang Guang.

Mahlobo’s alleged association with Guan was exposed in a documentary on rhino poaching by Al Jazeera in November last year.

In the documentary, the Chinese national admits he’s a rhino horn trafficker.

He boasts about having Minister Mahlobo as an associate and displays a photograph of himself with the minister.

DA’s chief whip John Steenhuisen says the link between the two is obvious and the Hawks’s failure to investigate the matter, expose it to be selective on investigations and prosecutions.

“We kind of have a situation where some people, because of a position they hold, believe that they are above the law and are not subjected to the same laws of the Republic of South Africa as every other citizen. It is precisely why the Hawks need to immediately start an investigation into Mahlobo’s link to Guan and rhino poaching.”

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