New twist in disputed hunt

2013-02-14 00:00

THE provincial police yesterday said a man who was allegedly hunting illegally with suspended Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela, has opened a counter charge against one of the farmers who stopped them on the night of the event.

Spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the man, who he would not name, alleged that one of the farmers had pointed a firearm at him. Mdunge said a docket has been sent to the senior public prosecutor for a decision on whether to prosecute.

The Witness reported early this week that Polela, who has denied any wrongdoing, and a group of men were hunting near Himeville when they were stopped by the farmer, who then called neighbouring farmers.

Mdunge said Polela was not arrested or charged.

Yesterday, the farmer said: “We would like to know what’s taking police so long to act on this one. I am disappointed at this man’s behaviour. As he was the face of the Hawks, he should be upholding the law.”

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife spokesperson Musa Mntambo said: “We understand that the police are investigating this case. We were told by farmers that there were approximately five men with two protected species animals.”

Koos Marais of the Kwanalu security desk said they were concerned about the increase in poaching and illegal hunting in the province.

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