Illicit flow of guns to SA a threat to rhinos

Executive Director of Conflict Awareness and Arms Trafficking investigator Kathi Lynn Austin says the majority of guns used in rhino poaching are not manufactured in South Africa.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa on the Breakfast Show, Austin says most of the weapons are produced overseas.

In the case of the rhino poaching networks, you will find guns that are coming in from the Czech Republic and from the United States.

Kathi Lynn Austin, Executive Director of Conflict Awareness and Arms Trafficking investigator

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There is a high level of corruption and so there has been very little effort tackling those guns. There's also been just neglect.

Kathi Lynn Austin, Executive Director of Conflict Awareness and Arms Trafficking investigator

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I believe if there is a wake-up call and everyone starts demanding that everyone follows the guns and begins to tackle the organised criminals behind this - the corruption, the collusion, we may see that the rhino survives.

Kathi Lynn Austin, Executive Director of Conflict Awareness and Arms Trafficking investigator

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