Mahlobo says claims he's involved in illegal rhino horn trade require proof

The minister is adamant a documentary implying he had close ties with a rhino horn smuggling syndicate is devoid of truth.

Minister of State Security David Mahlobo addresses the pre-Budget Vote media briefing at Imbizo Media Centre in Cape Town. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN – State Security Minister David Mahlobo says those with evidence of his alleged involvement in illegal rhino horn trade must come forward.

Addressing the National Assembly as part of the Peace and Security Cluster on Wednesday, the minister denied any involvement and stressed he is not being pursued criminally.

Mahlobo is adamant an Al-Jazeera documentary implying he had close ties with a rhino horn smuggling syndicate is devoid of truth.

In light of illicit rhino horn trade allegations against Mahlobo, Agang SA’s Andries Tlouamma wanted to know whether he would consider taking special leave.

Mahlobo says the photo of him and Chinese national Guan Jiang Guan, reportedly a self-confessed rhino horn trafficker, was taken while he was being treated at a manicure table.

He says Guang requested to be photographed with him.

“If I’m wrong, the law enforcement agencies will demonstrate, but with due respect I’m not going to resign. I’ve never been found guilty.”

In a statement, Mahlobo says he had requested the Mpumalanga Police Commissioner to immediately investigate all allegations against him.