Quick justice for Zim poachers

2013-09-27 00:00

THREE poachers who poisoned salt licks and killed 87 elephants and other animals in the Hwange nature reserve in Zimbabwe were yesterday sentenced to a total jail term of 47 years. Two of the men also have to pay fines of R6 million and R2 million.

Caroline Washa-Mayo, manager of the Zimbabwe Parks and Tourism Agency(ZPTA), yesterday said another five poachers will appear in the Hwange Magistrate’s Court on October 4. They were arrested over the weekend and during the week for the salt lick poisoning.

She said magistrate Rosemary Dube had sentenced Robert Maposa (42) to 15 years’ imprisonment with hard labour after he was found in possession of elephant tusks.

Thabani Zondo (24) also got 15 years for being in possession of elephant tusks. He was sentenced to a further year’s imprisonment and was fined R6 million for being in possession of a large quantity of cyanide. The fine has to be paid before December 31 to the ZPTA.

Dedani Tshuma (25) got 16 years for being in possession of elephant tusks and he must pay a R2 million fine before December 31 for having a smaller quantity of cyanide.

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