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Mahlobo wants his name cleared in probe into rhino trafficking ring

State Security Minister Mahlobo has asked police to investigate the allegations against him as well as the alleged rhino horn smuggler.

He wants the Mpumalanga police to investigate reported ties Mahlobo has with businessman known to be involved in illegal rhino horn trade.

This comes after broadcaster Al Jazeera aired a documentary that placed Mahlobo at the businessman's home.

But Mahlobo has denied the allegations, and says he visited the man's spa purely for massage treatments and manicures, reports EWN's Barry Bateman.

A photo emerged showing Mahlobo posing with man, a Chinese national.

However, he says the image is not evidence of any wrong-doing, claiming that the man asked him for a photo.

Mahlobo says he learnt this man's name when he was asked questions by Al Jazeera about their relationship. He says there is no such relationship.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Mahlobo has slammed Al Jazeera for what he claims is unfair and sensational journalism.

The documentary will be aired again on Monday night on Al Jazeera DSTV Channel 406.

Listen to the EWN update here:

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