No apologies after hippo’s slaughter

2012-10-19 00:00

EZEMVELO KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) will not apologise for donating a hippo to the Royal Household, which was used to feed attendees at the reed dance held in Ingwavuma.

EKZNW chief executive officer Dr Bandile Mkhize further said the provincial wildlife body would donate an animal again if it could.

The Mercury reported yesterday that a one-eared St Lucia hippo known as Vincent, that was shot after attacking EKZNW wildlife technician Anthony Swatton, who has as a result of the attack had his leg amputated, was sliced up and served at the Ingwavuma reed dance held in mid-September.

The Ingwavuma reed dance took place 15 days after the reed dance held at eNyokeni Palace, Nongoma. Both events are officiated by King Goodwill Zwelithini.

“The hippo was used for the community. We have been told we should have sold the hippo, but we aren’t going to be told how to run the wildlife organisation,” said Mkhize. He said they did not “just give the hippo to the king”, who apparently didn’t eat any of the meat, and that donating game to functions “is not something new”. “Guests at private game lodges are often offered game meat or such meals as crocodile meat. Neither myself nor the EKZNW will apologise for donating the hippo.”

A fully grown hippo can feed up to 2 000 people.

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