Demanding Justice for the Murdered Rhino in KwaZulu, Natal, South Africa
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According to numerous media reports the most notorious alleged KZN Rhino poaching syndicate leader Dumisani Gwala was arrested in 2014.
The reports stated that the arrest took place after a year-long undercover operation. Gwala is apparently responsible for 80% of the Rhino poaching that takes place in KZN. In the first seven months of 2017 more than 146 Rhino have been murdered for their horn in this Rhino rich province.
During the arrest process, Gwala apparently tried to run over one of the arresting Police Officers with his car. Gwala was subsequently charged with crimes related to the sale and purchasing of Rhino horn. He was granted a meagre bail of just R10 000.00 (the approximate equivalent of US$750 or GBP580).
To date his trial has never been heard, according to various reports it has been postponed fourteen times. In a shocking new development, a credible South African national newspaper (The Sunday Times) published an article on the 23rd July 2017 stating that an affidavit has been received. It states, allegedly, that bribes have been paid to named, justice officials in order to keep Gwala out of the courtroom for any length of time and out of jail.
It is our wish that in order to circumvent any possibility of fraud and/or corruption taking place; and to expedite a streamlined, speedy judicial process we ask that the trial of Dumisani Gwala take place in the High Court of South Africa and out of the KwaZulu Natal jurisdiction.
Please sign this petition to the National Prosecuting Authority in South Africa as a matter of extreme urgency. South Africa's Minister of Environmental Affairs, released shocking evidentary figures yesterday showing that Rhino poaching is showning no sign of slowing down. Her narrative concentrated on the fact Kruger National Park had suffered less Rhino poaching in 2017 she failed, however, to mention the alarming figures in KZN.
For further detailed up to the minute information on the KZN poaching situation please follow: Facebook : @rhinosinafrica; @March4Elephants
Image Credit Megan Carr, Rhino in KZN
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