SANParks employee appears for illegal hunting |South African News

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Johannesburg - An SA National Parks

(SANParks) employee and a hunter

appeared in the Makhado Magistrate's Court

in Limpopo on charges of illegal hunting,

SANParks said on Friday.

The case against SANParks employee

Michael Sematla was postponed to 3 June

for trial, while the case against the hunter

was postponed to 6 April for trial,

spokesperson Ike Phaahla said.

The two men and nine others were fined

R37 000 by the court last month for

hunting illegally on Den Staat farm near

Musina, in Limpopo, Phaahla said at the

time.

Sematla was also implicated in a number

of illegal commercial hunting activities on

the farm in January.

They each paid admission of guilt fines

ranging from R1 500 to R4 500,

depending on which animal they had

hunted, Phaahla said.

All 11 had been charged with illegally

hunting on the farm, which is part of an

open system with the Mapungubwe

National Park and is a World Heritage Site.

"The prosecution of the hunters and the

SANParks employee follows months of

investigations after a giraffe carcass was

found with three bullet shots in the park,"

Phaahla said.


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