Leroy Brewer: South Africa hunt rhino poaching investigator’s killers

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Image caption A profitable marketplace for rhino horns exist in Asia

South African police are looking the gunmen who killed one among its high rhino poaching investigators in an ambush.

Lt Col Leroy Brewer’s killing was “senseless” and a “huge loss”, police chief Gen Khehla Sitole stated.

He had “always excelled in cracking complex cases, particularly related to rhino poaching”, Gen Sithole added.

South Africa has seen a fall in poaching lately after stepping up efforts to guard the animals.

A complete of 594 rhinos had been killed for his or her horns in 2019, in contrast with 769 in 2018 and 1,028 in 2017, official statistics present.

Rhino horns are in large demand in Asian states corresponding to China and Vietnam, the place they’re utilized in conventional medicines.

Most of the poaching takes place in the world-famous Kruger National Park, which borders Mozambique, in response to marketing campaign group Save the Rhino.

Who was Col Brewer?

He investigated poaching syndicates in Kruger, in addition to syndicates concerned in ambushing armoured automobiles transporting money from banks.

He was driving to work when he was shot useless by gunmen with high-calibre weapons on Tuesday. He died on the spot.

Gen Sithole had ordered a “multidisciplinary” crew of investigators “not to rest until Col Brewer’s killers are brought to book”, the police chief’s workplace stated in a press release.

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Local media stories say that Col Brewer performed a key function within the 2018 arrest of two suspected rhino poaching kingpins, and had stated in courtroom that he had been assaulted by protesters demanding their launch on bail.

His colleagues have described him as a lover of nature, and a extremely expert investigator who was devoted to his job.

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