- PETA, an overseas animal rights group, has claimed that President Cyril Ramaphosa is quietly making a fortune off of trophy hunting
- The group made the discovery after video footage of an American tourist shooting an elephant near Kruger National Park
- It later emerged that Ramaphosa is discreetly developing a trophy hunting property of his own
PETA has uncovered President Cyril Ramaphosa's 'hidden connections to and investments in the trophy hunting industry'.
A video of an American tourist shooting a young elephant on a nature reserve near Kruger National Park had prompted an investigation.
The probe saw PETA speaking to who they claim is Ramaphosa's managers, who reveal that he is currently developing a property called Diepdrift, a trophy hunting property stocked with animals from his Phala Phala wildlife-breading operation.
The manager also claims that Ramaphosa owns a 50% stake in Tsala Hunting Safaris with PETA commenting that:
"The group recorded conversations in which Ramaphosa’s staff members admit that he shares equally in the profits from all hunts conducted through Tsala and spoke of the importance of concealing his involvement."
One of the managers the entity spoke to, confirmed that Ramaphosa was indeed tied to the industry:
“We try to keep the president’s name actually out of the hunting thing …. So [Ramaphosa] wanna spare himself this, how can I say, bad publicity and all of that. So … we gotta do it under a different name brand, where none of my name or his name are connected to it.”
PETA President Ingrid Newkirk is adamant that Ramaphosa is lining his pockets through cold-blooded murder:
“President Ramaphosa is lining his pockets through the cold-blooded murder of gentle, curious elephants and other wildlife, who deserve protection, not exploitation. The majority of South Africans will not applaud their president for auctioning off the country’s wildlife to overseas trophy hunters for personal profit.”
Another manager can be heard discussing the possibility of hunting a rhino, despite admitting that the subject is a 'very sensitive' one.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that, despite his administration focusing on eradicating unemployment, tough economic times seem to have hit President Cyril Ramaphosa's Ntabanyoni Farm.
The ANC leader had been forced to retrench 22 of the 46 full-time staff employed at his cattle ranch in Badplaas last year.
Ramaphosa had travelled to the farm personally to relay the sad news to his staff members, according to the report.
While some were understandably dismayed at the prospect of being unemployed over the festive season, an operation manager had insisted it was a choice between cutting down on staff or losing the farm entirely.
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