A whistle-blower has told the BBC he was the middleman between rhino-horn smugglers and a court syndicate in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. He alleges he took money given to a lawyer from rhino-horn kingpins and paid it to people within the judiciary. The lawyer, Welcome Ngwenya, denies that he was involved in paying bribes. But investigations, involving others informants, point to a court syndicate that could be keeping rhino killers beyond the reach of the law.
Cutting off horns to save rhinos from poachers
Conservationists in South Africa have started to cut off the horns of rhinos to protect them from poachers.