Man fined over Oribi ram carcass

2010-12-10 00:00

A 29-YEAR-OLD man, Bongumusa Sibisi, was fined R5 000 (or one year’s imprisonment) yesterday for unlawful possession of a carcass of a highly endangered Oribi antelope.

A further R5 000 (or one year’s imprisonment) was conditionally suspended by the court.

He pleaded guilty to the offence, which was committed in Copesville on January 17.

Sibisi was caught by police while carrying the carcass of the juvenile Oribi ram in a rucksack.

The ram was believed to have been hunted with dogs.

Sentencing Sibisi yesterday, Pietermaritzburg magistrate R.M. Kunene gave regard to evidence given in aggravation of sentence by Ian Little of the Endangered Wildlife Trust

Little told the court that that Oribi are a protected species which are in grave danger of extinction.

Little said that the greatest threat facing the Oribi population is illegal hunting.

“When these animals are no longer there, the country will be poorer,” Kunene said when he sentenced Sibisi.

The court also had regard to Sibisi’s personal circumstances, including the fact that he was a first offender.

The magistrate said that the sentence is aimed at rehabilitating Sibisi while also acting as a warning to other like-minded people.

 

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.