Second Excerpt from Killing for Profit by Julian Rademeyer
The Mail & Guardian have shared an excerpt from Julian Rademeyer’s exposé of the illegal rhino horn trade, Killing for Profit.
In this excerpt, Rademeyer travels to Mozambique to speak to the family of men who have been shot and killed in the Kruger National Park for suspected poaching. He also speaks to Ken Maggs, who heads up SANParks‘ environmental crime investigations unit. Maggs denies that there is an unofficial “shoot to kill” policy in the park.
Read another excerpt from the book.
Two mounds of earth under the dead limbs of a marula tree mark the spot where Dario Zitha and his friend, Maqombisi Mongwe, are buried. Spiny branches of sekelbos cover the graves as protection from scavengers. Strewn among the branches are some of the dead men’s possessions: Zitha’s toothbrush, a used tube of Colgate toothpaste and a blue rucksack; Mongwe’s empty wallet, a battered ashtray and pieces of green, pink and blue chalk. A few compact discs – among them a compilation of Irish country music – glint in the sun. Scratches criss-cross the surfaces.
Zitha, the eldest of five brothers, was 38 when he died. He was his family’s “breadwinner” and a father of three. Mongwe was in his mid-30s, also married, also described as a “breadwinner”. He loved music, they say.