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Defence gets more time in poaching case

2012-04-24 18:06

Johannesburg - Eleven people appeared in the Musina Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for allegedly dehorning rhinos and selling the horns without a permit, the National Prosecuting Authority said.

"The matter was postponed to October 19 to give the defence time to finalise their application on further particulars on the charges," NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

Game farm owner Dawie Groenewald was among the accused.

He and the 10 others were implicated in the dehorning of rhinos and selling the horns internationally without permits.

Groenewald, 42, owns the farm Prachtig, outside Musina.

He was arrested in September 2010 along with several other people - including his wife and two veterinarians - on charges related to rhino poaching.

Comments
  • goyougoodthing - 2012-04-24 19:01

    Dehorn the poachers.

  • WildlifeMargrit - 2012-04-24 21:10

    Hmm! This sounds to me as if the "system" favors the alleged poachers... delaying the trial till October. That's six months away! And they were arrested way back in September 2010!

  • Mart - 2012-04-25 08:41

    South Africans must follow this case closely and make their own judgement on the evidence presented. Should South Africans decide that the accused are complicit in rhino poaching and the illegal trade in horn, then the only verdict we must accept from the courts is that of guilty with a resultant long term prison sentence. If in the educated opinion of South Africans, the defense team tries to bend or manipulate the law by having evidence excluded on whatever grounds, by causing delays or generally by using devious tactics, then I call on South Africans to pronounce guilt and mete out justice in a manner to be decided by the people. (This is far fetched I know but the fact remains that I have very little confidence in Justice being served. It is my opinion that the Prosecutor's goals have mutated and they are nothing more than deal negotiators with the accused literally being allowed to get away with murder. We the public must be heard, now. JAIL, NO BAIL !

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