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SANParks employee appears for illegal hunting |South African News

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
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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