Anyone involved in trophy hunting has some level of moral disconnect, so the fact that President Cyril Ramaphosa was allegedly involved in other crimes is not surprising.

This is the view of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) in reaction to criminal investigations into Ramaphosa over his ‘Farmgate’ scandal.

The Cape Times reports that the non-profit animal rights organisation says Ramaphosa is quietly developing and expanding a trophy hunting property called Diepdrift and stocking it with animals from his Phala Phala farm.

In addition, notes Peta, he owns a 50% stake in Tsala Hunting Safaris.

It says that far from ‘conserving' wildlife, animals are bred specifically to be killed for trophies.

Peta has obtained recordings of Ramaphosa's managers admitting that he shares equally in the profits from all hunts conducted through Tsala.

One unidentified ‘manager’ was quoted saying: ‘We try to keep the President's name out of the hunting thing because … of all the greenies …. So he wanna spare himself this, how can I say, bad publicity and all of that.’

Following the Peta investigation, Ramaphosa last year distanced himself from the allegations, saying they were ‘unsubstantiated’.

Full Cape Times report