Scam, kidnap by South African police

Scam, kidnap by South African police

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Rhinoceroses. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2013 v7n1 0520

A rhinoceros is a clumsy animal which looks like it forgot to become extinct with the dinosaurs.

South Africa is filled with men with large guns who are doing their best to make them extinct in the 21st century. That would make their horns even more valuable than they are now: as China has become wealthier, the market for Chinese medicines containing rhinoceros horn has exploded.

Sanctions against killing rhinoceroses for their horns are in place in South Africa, home to 75% of the world’s rhinoceroses, however, the value of the horns is too high to prevent the risk of being caught poaching rhinoceroses. In April 2013, Reuters reported the theft from a safe of 66 rhinoceros horns worth $2.75 million. No honor between thieves.

The rhinoceros-horn trade in South Africa is well known. Sometime before Jan 23, 2013, 2 white South African rhino-rights activists, James Janssen and Joe, later identified in Pretoria Magistrates Court as South African police officers, were introduced by Congolese Carlos Nkuna to Congolese Chadrien Kilele. The 3 of them convinced Mr Kilele that they had bags of money to set up a camp to train men to prevent rhinoceros poaching.

Mr Kilele is a Congolese refugee, subject to South African laws which specifically deny some rights of South African citizens to Congolese. Mr Kilele escaped from Congo to seek refuge in South Africa, as have 800,000 Congolese, and like most of his countrymen, have found South Africa a hostile country where he and his family have difficulty making a living, and with obstacle after obstacle legally preventing access to steady employment or education.

The offer of being able to work legally for good pay sounded real to Chadrien Kilele, and why would it not? He contacted his friend, Etienne Kabila who claims to be the son of the late Laurent Kabila, former president of Congo, because the 2 white South African rhino-rights activists and Mr Nkuna told him that in this operation they needed his help.

Mr Kabila traveled 2,000 kilometers from Capetown to Johannesburg to discuss job offers. Mr Kabila decided that these 2 were mischief-makers, and told Mr Kilele to stay away from them.

Mr Kilele disagreed, and decided that James Kazongo would be a great substitute for the son of the former president of Congo. James Kazongo is a 55-year-old chef living in Delaware, USA, resident of the US for over 25 years, husband of a Congolese US citizen, father of 3 little boys.

Mr Kazongo had been having a hard year, alternating between steady work as a chef and unemployment checks, supplemented by his wife working as a nurse's aid: this was insufficient to pay all the mortgage and other bills. But not an impossible situation; likely the new year of 2013 would have brought short-term and long-term jobs in restaurants. However, this invitation out of the blue to do good and be well paid seemed like the answer to prayers.

Mr Kazongo had no doubt the offer was genuine: even though he had to pay for his own airline ticket, from the 2 white South African rhino-rights activists, for passage all the way from Delaware (which is in between Washington DC, and New York City) to Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa, a 40-minute drive from Pretoria, the capital.

Mr Kazongo landed in Johannesburg on Jan 24, and traveled with the anti-rhino activists to Limpopo around Feb 1, expecting to get to work preventing the senseless slaughter of rhinoceroses.

Only on the night before Mr Kazongo was arrested with 18 others of the Congolese 20, only after they realized they had been scammed and kidnapped did they learn that the 2 anti-rhino activists wanted them to overthrow the government of Congo.

On that night they were lectured by a 3rd white anti-rhino activist named Nick, after their phones had been confiscated and they had been threatened with being shot to death if they went outside the camp.

Edited from SABC, Oct 25, 2013

South African National Parks (Sanparks) need R1 billion to fight the "low intensity war" against rhino poaching effectively. This year almost 800 rhino's have been poached.

Sanparks CEO David Mabunda says rangers in national parks have between 80 and 110 contacts with rhino poachers per month.

Sanparks has formed a joint collaboration with Bavaria non-alcoholic beverages and the "big 5" retailers (Woolworths, Spar, Shoprite Checkers, Massmart and PicknPay) in South Africa, where the public can adopt a rhino for R20. All the money raised, will be used to fight rhino poaching.

The anti-rhino activists have been on a roll. After scamming and kidnapping 19 of the Congolese 20, plus getting Mr Etienne Kabila to voluntarily be arrested, their lies continued.

They came up with lists of weapons they claimed the Congolese 20 demanded, and made up clandestine meetings and organizations in Congo that the Congolese 20 were supposed to be running.

Give me a break. Of the 20, 16 worked as security guards in South Africa; most had several children and worked long hours to barely earn a living. Most are poorly educated; few have more than passable English skills; none, read that again, none, have been in the military or have a criminal record.

What powers on heaven and earth could possibly make these men into a focused military, capable of taking on the government in Congo. Congo, the country the UN describes as the “rape capital of the world” and describes having a powerful, well-funded military in which rape is used as a weapon of war. What powers? What powers?

Oh Lord, smile on South Africa. We know the justice system is fair. Make the courts understand that the charges are all lies and the Congolese 20 are all the hard-working men who fled oppression to create a honest, decent life for their families. The type of men that helped found this great country of South Africa.

Release the Congolese 20 from Pretoria Central Prison.

Release the Congolese 20 to their families.


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