Man fined over Oribi ram carcass

2010-12-10 00:00

A 29-YEAR-OLD man, Bongumusa Sibisi, was fined R5 000 (or one year’s imprisonment) yesterday for unlawful possession of a carcass of a highly endangered Oribi antelope.

A further R5 000 (or one year’s imprisonment) was conditionally suspended by the court.

He pleaded guilty to the offence, which was committed in Copesville on January 17.

Sibisi was caught by police while carrying the carcass of the juvenile Oribi ram in a rucksack.

The ram was believed to have been hunted with dogs.

Sentencing Sibisi yesterday, Pietermaritzburg magistrate R.M. Kunene gave regard to evidence given in aggravation of sentence by Ian Little of the Endangered Wildlife Trust

Little told the court that that Oribi are a protected species which are in grave danger of extinction.

Little said that the greatest threat facing the Oribi population is illegal hunting.

“When these animals are no longer there, the country will be poorer,” Kunene said when he sentenced Sibisi.

The court also had regard to Sibisi’s personal circumstances, including the fact that he was a first offender.

The magistrate said that the sentence is aimed at rehabilitating Sibisi while also acting as a warning to other like-minded people.


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