Magistrate fines irritated fisherman R1000 for shooting Egyptian goose

2009-09-22 00:00

A FISHERMAN who shot dead an Egyptian goose in front of patrons at the Dusi Canoe Club on Saturday was fined R1 000 by a Pietermaritzburg magistrate yesterday for shooting the bird without a permit and without the permission of the land owner.

Cato Ridge taxi driver Ephraime Makhanya (37) pleaded guilty to the charges.

The incident happened while Makhanya was fishing. He allegedly became irritated by the goose, pulled out a pellet gun and shot and killed the bird, to the dismay of onlookers who called the police shortly afterwards.

SAPS wildlife investigator Riaan van Rooyen, who went to the scene, said the Egyptian goose was one of a pair that frequented the canoe club area.

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