Man who uprooted 150 aloes fined R10?000

2011-11-30 00:00

ILLEGALLY relocating protected plants to beautify your property can be costly, a property owner discovered when he was fined R10 000 for uprooting more than 150 aloes to plant in front of business premises.

Maureen Zimu of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife said the man was caught last month after an investigation by the organisation’s officials after more than 150 indigenous aloes were dug out around the Pietermaritzburg area without a permit.

Zimu said certain aloes, lilies, clivias, cycads and orchids are classed as specially protected indigenous plants. “In KwaZulu-Natal nearly all indigenous plants are protected and some are specially protected.

“Permits are required from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to gather, sell, import or export specially protected plants into or out of the province,” Zimu added.

In another incident on November 13 three men were arrested and charged with trespassing with weapons and dogs in the Karkloof Valley for allegedly hunting when the season was over.

The men appeared in a Greytown court on November 22, pleaded guilty and were each fined R3 000 or six months’ imprisonment.

Zimu said, “Dog hunting is an illegal activity and is on the rise. There are numerous complaints received weekly. Dog hunting takes place without permits, without the landowners’ authority and does not take into account how endangered or threatened the animals in the area are.”

People with information of illegal hunting should call the local district nature conservation officer at 033 845 1999 or go to www.kznwildlife.com, she added. — WR.

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