Illegal hunting: Polela considers pleading guilty

2013-11-09 00:00

FORMER Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela might plead guilty to charges of poaching.

This was confirmed yesterday when Polela made his second fleeting appearance in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court.

State advocate Waldo Smit told regional magistrate Corrie Greyling that the defence has indicated that Polela is considering a possible guilty plea in the case, and asked for time to enable the parties to negotiate a possible plea bargain.

The case was postponed to December 12 for talks.

Polela avoided contact with members of the media at court.

He is charged with conducting illegal hunts at Himeville and Besters near Ladysmith on two separate occasions on February 7 this year and April 9 respectively.

Polela faces 13 charges of contravening the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act of 2004 and the Natal Nature Conservation Ordinance.

The prosecution alleges, among other things, that he hunted (alternatively possessed or handled) a protected Reedbuck and a Grey Duiker at The Swamp nature reserve near Himeville by illegal means and without a permit on February 7.

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

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