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Polokwane - The Makhado magistrate’s court has fined 11 men a total of R37 000 for hunting illegally on the Den Staat farm near Musina, which is part of an open system with the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site SA, spokesman Ike Phaahla said. 





  He said the men paid admission of guilt fines ranging from R1 500 to R4 500, depending on the animal they hunted. One of the hunters would appear in court again on March 7, alongside SANParks employee Michael Sematla, implicated in illegal hunting on the farm in January.

  “The prosecution of the hunters and the SANParks employee follows months of investigations after a giraffe carcass was found with three bullet wounds in the park,” Phaahla said.

  In the North West, tourism MEC Motlalepula Rosho welcomed the seven year sentence of poacher Hans Skhosana for illegal hunting by the Lehurutshe Magistrate’s Court.

  He was sentenced to 10 years for illegal hunting with five years wholly suspended, five years for possession of an unlicensed firearm and two years for illegal possession of ammunition, department spokesperson Dumisa Seshabela said.


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