Saving the Wild

#BREAKINGNEWS!!! Alleged #rhino #poaching #kingpin “Mr Big” arrested in Hawks Raid – read full press release on

Saving the Wild, committed to pursuing high level targets profiteering from #wildlife #trafficking, had been gathering intelligence on Mr Big’s alleged #syndicate for several months.

“But intelligence is inconsequential if there is no follow through,” says JP Roux, Head of Investigations for Saving the Wild, “We are grateful that the Hawks #Endangered #Species Unit, led by Colonel Johan Jooste, are committed to disrupting the supply chain, because that really is the game changer in this decade long bloody war. We are cheering them on as they continue to go from strength to strength.”

Regarded as one of the three major rhino poaching kingpins in South Africa, Mabuza started out as a common poacher and is now a force to be reckoned with. The alleged syndicate boss owns numerous properties and businesses in the province of Mpumalanga.

According to Saving the Wild sources, “Mr Big” used to send his rhino poaching gangs predominantly to the #Kruger National Park, but since 2017 he has been expanding operations into #Zululand, especially the flagship #Hluhluwe #Imfolozi Game Reserve.

It is believed that he rents out vehicles and rifles to prospective poachers wishing to hunt rhino. He sends his own teams with those poachers to ensure his investment. The poachers then sell the horns to Mr Big when they return the vehicles and fire

Mabuza also acts as a middleman by purchasing rhino horn from other poachers. He then supplies the horns to #Chinese buyers in his network.

Saving the Wild congratulates all involved in this groundbreaking joint operation, including Counter Intelligence, the Special Task Force, the SAPS Forensic Science Laboratory and #SANParks.

Says Jamie Joseph, Director of Saving the Wild, “The battle for #justice begins now. An astute business man like Petros Mabuza does not yield such power without help from allies in high places. Saving the Wild will be monitoring the proceedings, as we have done in the case of the alleged rhino poaching kingpin of Zululand, Dumisani Gwala, with that trial expected to finally start in the coming weeks after a slew of more than 20 delays.”

In October 2017, Saving the Wild published the ‘Blood Rhino Blacklist’ expose, an alleged Zululand syndicate of magistrates and prosecutors who had for years, allegedly taken bribes on rhino poaching cases.


For regular updates in this monumental breakthrough in the rhino crisis, and all high level rhino poaching cases, follow Saving the Wild on Facebook and Twitter. #JusticeForRhinos