Farmer banned from recapturing crocs

2013-02-08 10:00

Johannesburg - A Limpopo farmer from whose farm thousands of crocodiles escaped during recent flooding has been banned from recapturing them, Beeld reported on Friday.

Zane Langman, owner of the Rakwena crocodile farm in the Pontdrif area, told the paper on Thursday he was negotiating with the environmental affairs department about its decision.

"They told us we weren't allowed to capture crocodiles from the Limpopo River before we're given permission, because we can't prove ownership of the animals."

The crocodiles made world headlines when about 7 000 of them escaped into the Limpopo River when it burst its banks.

Langman said he had recaptured about 3 000 of the reptiles on his farm and in the surrounding areas during the past three weeks, but the rest were in the Limpopo river and its tributaries.

Environmental affairs department spokesperson Wisani Shilenge could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, the National SPCA said in a statement the way in which the crocodiles were caught was inhumane.

The organisation's Nazareth Appalsamy said inspectors had observed the crocodiles being shocked with stun guns to make it easier to catch them.

Rakwena exports crocodile skins to Italy, and sells the meat locally.

  • jill.mckie.9 - 2013-02-08 10:16

    Good on you SPCA save them from the skinning factory

      DSBennie - 2013-02-08 13:05

      Oh come on, they are a substainable source of food, and why cant they use the hides, it is like cattle, they are not hunting wild crocs for their hides these are crocs raised on a farm. More farmers should farm with them and introduce the meat on a wider scale to the public

      Strikeback - 2013-02-08 14:30

      Wait till they bite someone, then they will probably prove they belong to the farmer.

  • scouter.fourone - 2013-02-08 10:17

    Leave them alone - they will become a natural deterent to illegal border crossing ......

  • brendon.alberts - 2013-02-08 10:23

    Leave them alone. Good border patrol. No more illegals

      cliford.ndaba.5 - 2013-02-08 12:12

      So we need crocks to guard us,I think nothing is functioning in this country

      brendan.healey.315 - 2013-02-08 14:18

      The more they munch the better

  • Doep100 - 2013-02-08 10:36

    What's the big deal? If he can prove 7000 escaped then let hem recapture 7000. And those stun guns are not inhumane. The opposite is true. It temporarily immobilizes them so that they can not harm humans or themselves. I designed such a stun stick for a reputable croc farm and have first hand knowledge.

      silas.mooi - 2013-02-08 12:02

      "first hand knowledge" I suppose you change into a crocodile and tested one on yourself neh!!!!

      miguel.carneiro - 2013-02-08 15:39

      @silas .. seriously guy ? you love trolling huh .. I've been shot by one and it does not hurt at all, it actually does just stun you .. a temporary hiccup in your 8 ohm nerve frequency causes the stun effect .. so i believe he DOES have first hand experience since I have aswell ..

      regte.boer - 2013-02-08 15:43

      Silas will not understand your argument Miguel. He is a product of the ANC education. Science was not part of the curriculum.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-08 10:36

    One up for the crocodiles. Why should they be killed so some silly cow can wear crocodile leather shoes and keep her false eyelashes in a handbag made of their skin?. I hope they enjoy a long life in the river. Now shock the silly man with his own stun gun.

      jill.mckie.9 - 2013-02-08 11:40

      Hi Jacui not only silly cows crocs are kept i single cages that they cannot move so some Russian man can have a full croc coat

      Zohan.Steppingstone - 2013-02-08 11:52

      So jacqui, do your car perhaps have leather seats? What about your shoes, leather there? Speaking of handbags, your's all plastics or other synthetic materials? Lounge suite maybe leather. Calf's leather gloves in your house somewhere? Just asking, enjoy the leg of lamb on Sunday ok...

      abner.mophethe - 2013-02-08 14:12


  • jim.boorman.7 - 2013-02-08 11:22

    so who is buying the croc meat and where is ending up??? for all we know its in take away burgers

      valkerie.koekemoer - 2013-02-08 11:30

      Croc meat looks like chicken, not beef, so you'll probably spot it in your burger. Many restaurants serve kudu, zebra and other wildlife with croc meat. Why not try it?

      carlmhead - 2013-02-08 15:29

      That'd be a great deal, croc meat is more expensive than beef or chicken

  • Kykweer - 2013-02-08 11:24

    Then prove that the sudden influx won't harm the eco system!

  • livin.daylights.3 - 2013-02-08 11:25

    Leave the man alone, it crocodiles. Maybe all you crocodile haters should be stunned.

  • Jane - 2013-02-08 11:28

    Leave them in the wild. Poor animals being bred to be killed so some conceited person can have a crocodile skin bag. And besides, they can patrol the borders, seeing how our government seems incapable of doing it.

      DSBennie - 2013-02-08 13:06

      Well must we realse all cattle into the wild as well????

      carlmhead - 2013-02-08 15:30

      I'm assuming you're a vegetarian who doesn't use any animal products then Jane?

  • valkerie.koekemoer - 2013-02-08 11:33

    I find it just a little ironic that the SPCA are claiming inhumane capture procedures for these reptiles, but don't have an issue with their being bred for slaughter?

      jill.mckie.9 - 2013-02-08 11:41

      Maybe they have

      carlmhead - 2013-02-08 15:30

      how is breeding crocs any different to breeding cows or chickens?

  • pushocapture.maake - 2013-02-08 11:34

    Free the crocks

  • hugenote1980 - 2013-02-08 11:57

    Unless his crocodiles are tagged, I agree with the SPCA. How can he prove he is not capturing wild crocs?

  • frans.mosia - 2013-02-08 11:58

    The way in which the crocodiles were caught was inhumane. WTF is that?For god sake they are dangerous reptiles.Why treat them like humans.

  • refiloe.shikwambana - 2013-02-08 12:18

    Good news!

  • Jean2301 - 2013-02-08 14:17

    hahahha, only the zimbos want them to be caught

      brendan.healey.315 - 2013-02-08 14:34

      ha, ha... ja true boet but maybe soon it will be the other way around !

  • John - 2013-02-08 17:45

    Let the man recover his private property. It is livestock, no different to pigs, chickens, sheep, cattle!

  • Luyanda Singqandu - 2014-03-11 15:08

    Since when crocodiles are human!

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