Poaching protest postponed as case delayed

2012-04-04 12:56
Johannesburg - An intended AfriForum protest outside the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court, where eight people were expected to appear in connection with rhino poaching, was postponed on Wednesday.

"AfriForum has postponed its protest action due to the fact that the case against the eight accused… will not go ahead in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court today," Julius Kleynhans, head of the group's environmental affairs, said in a statement.

People had approached the organisation to take action against this crime, Kleynhans said.

Three vets and five other men were expected to appear in court in connection with the wrongful possession and distribution of scheduled veterinary drugs commonly used in rhino poaching.

They face charges of contravening the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act.

The accused are Douw Grobler, formerly head of the Kruger National Park's wildlife capturing and veterinary services unit, state vet Buti John Chibase, and private vet Johannes Gerhardus Kruger.

The other five are professional hunter Hugo Ras, and Matthys Christoffel Scheepers, Riaal Booysen, Johan Carl Heydenrych, and Christoffel Francois Naude.

All were arrested between August and November last year.

Kleynhans said the case had been transferred to the Pretoria North Regional Court and postponed to June.

A total of 443 rhinos were poached in 2011, and 150 had been poached before the end of March.

"AfriForum is going ahead with our anti-rhino poaching campaign as planned," Kleynhans said.

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.
Read more on:    afriforum  |  rhino poaching

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
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

UK expert: Boks ‘have KO game’
Ireland hold on to down Italy
As it happened: Ireland 16-9 Italy
All Blacks sympathise with England
Traffic Alerts

Spontaneity is the order of the day. Let go and have some fun. Try not to set too many set plans and expectations and enjoy the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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.


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.