Rhino Wars – The Internal Enemy

Today, beyond a shadow of a doubt, Selomie proved, to me at least, who she really is. An Internal Enemy of note.  At about 3:30pm I was walking back to my Hut after spending from 6am in the bush doing my thing for these Rhino Wars, an un-marked, or very badly marked helicopter appears, flying low over the bush, it starts circling the property. Man it was so low I could have hit it with a handgun, if I had one.

I immediately sms Lize, my so-called PA, I have very little airtime. I ask her to paste this information on the Save Our Rhino page. I know that will get a lot of attention and very quickly. It will also alert any Rhino owners in the Waterberg as I know it will jump in seconds to all the other pages. Without a weapon this is the best plan I can think of in such a hurry. Surely the cavalry will come? I race back on foot, un-armed to where I know my Rhino are, a few kilometers away. I have no plan, I will have to see what is what when I get there. I am cursing and imagining all sorts of horrid things. What the hell am I to do if they fire at me from the chopper? What happens if they have armed, with AKs, guys on the ground. I run anyhow. I am in the bush where the Rhino were last seen when I get an sms from Lize.

The chopper is an unannounced drill organized by Selomie. Oh, Fuck it! I am too angry to explain it in mere words, the anger and hatred roll over me. Even writing this now the anger is back and intense. The anger then was fuelled by delayed reaction of fear, fear of losing the Rhino, fear of getting wounded badly or killed myself…. Fear and anger, not a happy combination. I sit panting on a rock, I send an sms to Lize stating how STUPID this was. Lize sms’s me back, she obviously told Salomie about my last sms, that Selomie has posted on facebook that the first helicopter drill were successfully done in the Waterberg with the comment, “Wayne thinks this is silly.”

Silly, silly!? It goes way beyond silly, it is bloody criminal. I wonder how many other people nearly had a heart attack over this showboating. One does not do bloody drills in an operational area, full stop. I then calm down and start thinking. Who owns that helicopter? One night after quite a few whisky’s Neil mentioned that Selomie is so good she even got Groenewalt to let them use his helicopter in the “Phila” film. Is this true? Was this Groenewalt machine again?  All sorts of things are going on in my mind. I swop a few more sms’s with Lize, but as Selomie will be her boss soon and she will be stuck here on the farm she has to remain loyal to Selomie, I understand this. I have walked back to my Hut, I need coffee, the white Landcruiser comes barreling down the road.

Selomie jumps out the cab, she is furious. She directs a tirade at me. How dare I put up a post on Facebook, SHE will be the one that posts anything. How dare I post anything about Palala? I get even quieter when I am this angry and tell her very softly that I put a post about the Waterberg area, not Palala. She yells that I should have called her, SHE has the radios and the guns. I think, “I know that, don’t rub it in.” She then goes off how SHE knows all the people in the Waterberg, the APU’s, the police, she is even on first name basis with the head of anti-poaching in the Hawks. I tell her I also know people, hence the warning on Facebook. This just makes her more angry. She yells at me asking why I did not call her, so I explain since I really do not like the way she speaks to me I try talk to her as little as possible. That did not go down well either. She goes on how everyone else in the area called her and how many missed calls she received, I am the only one that did not re-act she states. I point out that this is incorrect; I am the only one that did not re-act the way SHE would have liked me to.

I am adding these links as a response to the attacks on my character and threat made on my life.

Full Palala Story.

Other people’s information on the goings on at Palala


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8 Responses to “Rhino Wars – The Internal Enemy”

  1. Cary Says:

    So who did pay for all this equipment Wayne? and again you have been used…………….

  2. Rob Says:

    Always mistrust never-rich-enough people who claim poverty to exploit those in need. Sorry to hear you were mistreated bud. As an old soldier, you deserve much better. Would you mind letting me have the registration number of that chopper please? We all know people. 😉

  3. marche Says:

    Hey Wayne! Wake up and smell the coffee boet! I take it the “rich person” you are referring to here is Jenny Upton who got you here in the first place? Dumping you at Palala under false pretenses ja? What happened to all her clever plans and “sorting you out” as per the skype conversation I witnessed at Palala! Why did Palala spend all that time in presenting and preparing a professional business plan as per Jenny’s request and then she juist left you there with nobody to take care of you except Selomie who even bought you smokes? Now you are blaming the wrong people for the situation you find yourself in? It blows my mind! Do you really think that anybody can afford to simply employ an extra staff member at their own cost nowadays? Especially when you are taking a risk with someone with no tracking or anti poaching exoperience? The ONLY reason you ended up at Palala is because promises were made to Selomie and she believed that it could work … Well, when someone (Jenny) tells you that they want to help a person in need (you in this case) Palala was certainly her soft target here! And now that you have nowhere to go where are all these “concerned” and “disgusted” friends and facebook people to help you? Nowhere! If they cared so much why would nobody care to offer you accommodation at least? I am sick and tired of this crap now. Leave Palala alone and focus on something else! I will defend Selomie with my life because I know and YOU know her true soul Wayne … So get off your high horse and stop posting shit all over every facebook page you can access … For the rhino, in your words! Or perhaps Jenny (because Selomie can’t anymore) will buy you more airtime to continue your little personal vendetta?

  4. Selomie Says:

    Dear Wayne

    Yes it was a fiasco for you, because all reacted in the right manner but you.

    Shots fired, who heard it? Not you.

    Why don’t you rather come out with the truth about you and your scaly friends that you just gathered info. Yes I do believe you have poacher mentality, fortunate we realized it at a early stage and you did not bother to join in on the patrolling at night.

    Stop talking crap, because it makes you look silly.

    I believe you are praying on your next victim.


  5. Jaco Hugo Says:

    Well said Wayne people like us reading has a better idea of what you have to put up on a daily base. Good luck. Greetings Jaco.

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