Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has thrown her weight behind controversial calls for the legalisation of trade in rhino horn.
Confronted by the evidence, the country rounds on those trying to force it to stop the trade.
A disturbing bloody video has called into question the decision to drop charges against an alleged rhino poaching syndicate.
In an edited extract from his book Killing for Profit, Julian Rademeyer offers a glimpse into two sides of the complicated battle in the bush.
Vietnam has failed to sign a law-enforcement and biodiversity agreement with South Africa aimed at curbing escalating levels of rhino poaching.