Polela to face charges

2013-08-29 00:00

DISMISSED Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela has been issued with a summons to appear in the Pietermaritzburg regional court on September 26 to face charges of alleged illegal hunting.

The alleged poaching incidents occurred in Himeville and at Besters near Ladysmith earlier this year.

The Witness has established from reliable sources that Polela is expected to face a total of 13 counts relating to allegations that he was involved with the illegal hunting without permits of a reedbuck and a grey duiker at the Swamp Nature Reserve near Himeville on February 7 this year.

He is also charged with allegedly hunting unspecified game at night during the closed season, with an artificial light and without a permit, from a public road in the Besters area on April 9.

The reedbuck — which is a threatened and protected species — and grey duiker were allegedly unlawfully shot during the night by means of a prohibited method using an artificial light. They were also hunted during the closed season.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan confirmed yesterday that a summons has been issued for Polela.

“I can confirm that the necessary arrangements have been made with his attorney for him to attend court on September 26,” she said.

Polela was dismissed from his job over an unrelated issue concerning an alleged tweet by him about prison rape, a short while after the allegations of illegal hunting were published in the media.

After the allegations of his involvement in poaching a protected reedbuck and a grey duiker at Himeville emerged, Sapa reported that he tweeted; “Polela was arrested? For hunting in his community farm? He’s been doing so since the age of 5. Sewerage gossip.”

According to Sapa, he further tweeted: “Its bad enough when a farmer crosses into yo[ur] land & reckons brown people poach. If anyone told me I need permission to hunt in my own land, I would leave buck alone and hunt them instead.”

Polela declined an invitation sent to him via Twitter yesterday asking him to contact the newspaper.

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