Game farmer jailed for rhino horns

2012-07-04 11:39

Johannesburg - A Thabazimbi game farmer has been sentenced to eight years' imprisonment by the Makhado Magistrate's Court for illegal possession of 30 rhino horns, Beeld newspaper reported on Wednesday.

On Monday, Magistrate Pat Cloete turned down a request for leave to appeal by Jacques Els, 39, and also refused to extend his bail pending an appeal against the sentence in the North Gauteng High Court.

Els was released on bail of R300 000 after being sentenced in March.

Defence counsel Tom Dreyer told the newspaper Els was taken into custody after the court proceedings on Monday.

He was preparing an urgent High Court application for the extension of bail for Els, who intended appealing against the sentence, he said.

As part of his punishment, Els was required to pay R1m to the Green Scorpions.

Beeld reported that he was arrested in October 2010, after buying 30 rhino horns for R760 000 from Tommy Fourie, a manager at the Maremani game farm outside Musina.

Fourie committed suicide in November 2010.

According to the newspaper, senior State prosecutor Andre Weideman said Els was not involved with the killing of the rhino, as all the animals concerned had been anaesthetised and dehorned.

  • paulmandlankosi - 2012-07-04 11:43

    Hang him high

      michael.moets - 2012-07-04 11:45

      Cut his nose off first.

      Martin - 2012-07-04 11:50

      So chuffed they denied leave to appeal.Hy's nie appeal hy's a po*s !

      mlucejko - 2012-07-04 12:02

      This is 'Good News' for the fight against Rhino Poachers !! Goes to show that 'Anyone involved' will get their deserved punishment !!

      deon.devilliers.129 - 2012-07-04 12:36

      ek hoop jy word iemand se bitch daar in die tronk

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-07-04 12:52

      @michael.moets-Why Nose what about Horing????????

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-04 13:26

      But according to reports none of the rhino were killed, they were dehorned while anaesthetised. A crime yes, but nowhere near as bad as killing rhino for their horns.

      daan.phalaborwa - 2012-07-04 14:01

      I hope the person who'se bitch he will become in jail, has an even BIGGER horn than those rhinos had.

  • nikondaniel - 2012-07-04 11:48

    Sny sy horing ook af!

  • Eye's Cue - 2012-07-04 11:50


  • Bond - 2012-07-04 11:50

    Cut off his willy

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-04 11:52

    It doesn't matter he didn't kill any rhino's let him rot in jail. He is a criminal like his anc cronies running motherland. If he is lucky he can do a Schabir Shaik or Selebi and he will be free in a year!!!

      Barefoot - 2012-07-04 11:56

      Now this anc bashing is really getting boring cant comment without mentioning it?

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-04 12:40


      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-04 12:40

      @ Barefoot - Whilst being the first in line to bash the ANC, in this instance I have to agree with you.Time & Place so to speak ....

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-04 14:13

      It's boring when a white idiot criminal is sentence to jail and likened to the anc. It's boring when it doesn't suits your filthy dirty racist ideologies. It's boring when a boer boytjie is likened to the criminals ruling our country because in your stupid idioitic brain he is not like the anc he was just unlucky because he is white and white people can't be like the anc because they are not suppose to be criminals!!! Just STFU!!!

  • Nakkie69 - 2012-07-04 11:55

    Well Done Pat Cloete, no mercy for these hooligans.

  • zambezi.river - 2012-07-04 12:00

    He shud commit suicide now!

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-07-04 12:03

    Hang the bustard and expropriate his farm! He can't do both its either crime or farming and he has chosen crime

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-04 12:11


      john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-07-04 19:11

      I believe you have a case there, I dont care if the Rhino were not killed, by his actions, he has encouraged all those that came after him, Yes take his farm of him, give it to a black family and use it as a training establishment for farmers with no experience, black or white or anything in between. Maybe something good could come out of it. Oh and I think his sentence was to light?

  • sam.swanpoel - 2012-07-04 12:06

    Well done magistrate Pat Cloete!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-04 12:10

    Good News!!!!! Feed him to the Lions.

  • veldt66 - 2012-07-04 12:11

    I disagree, Rhino crime sentence should start from 15yrs

  • Niel - 2012-07-04 12:15

    i have a good sentence for these guys who steal rhino horns.......dont jail them, dont fine them......ram the rhino horns up their backsides and leave overnight

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-07-04 12:50

      Hmmm, some might enjoy that...

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-07-04 12:16

    Good news,i think he wanted to destroy everything before we can take his farm

  • njabs.ngcobo - 2012-07-04 12:17

    8 yrs???? When he gets out he'll enjoy the interest frm the bank on his savings n investments made from all the other times he was neva cought!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-04 13:28

      Not much use when you're HIV infected?

  • samoras - 2012-07-04 12:19

    8 years for 30 horns Magistrate's Court would have done better atleast 15 years.

  • farzanah.butler - 2012-07-04 12:20

    Cut off his nose...see how HE likes that!

  • Keighley-Ann - 2012-07-04 12:24

    GREAT! Throw away the keys!

  • karen.meyervantonder - 2012-07-04 12:26

    May you go to that special hell!!!! I hope you get a visit from papa!!!

  • riotousr - 2012-07-04 12:34

    He must be an ANC politicians or is he? What a thieving summermybeach.

  • 777productions - 2012-07-04 12:35

    Disgusting...WHY can't you just purge all these invalids that kill innocent animals properly , instead of putting them in jail ? You need to set a proper example: FINE THE FOOLS, THEN FRY THEM !

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-04 13:35

      But he did not kill any animals? What now?

  • Pat - 2012-07-04 12:36

    8 Years????? That is an absolute disgrace. Should have been 8 years per horn

  • richard.amblersmith - 2012-07-04 12:36

    He got off lightly?? lucky bugger?? hope his horn ends up in Asia

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-04 12:38

    Good news! I hope the message is clear to poachers and their greedy Mafia scum bag bosses!

  • Ian - 2012-07-04 12:42

    hang the thing

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-04 12:43

    Good news, now jail also those that buys pirate CD's and pirate movies. Zero tolerance to any crime.

      Ian - 2012-07-04 13:02


  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-07-04 12:44

    Farms to the black pple without rhinos is an insult,hand him

      Ian - 2012-07-04 13:02

      were you born like this or did you go to idiot school

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-04 13:37

      Under black rule poaching has escalated out of control. Silly me, must be the white mans fault. Yawn ....

  • francois.greeff.98 - 2012-07-04 12:55

    I suppose he is quite horny about his imminent jail time.

  • kenny.liebenberg - 2012-07-04 12:57

    Dear Mr Judge, you forgot to hand out the other punishment and that was to cut his horn off! Lesson 101 if you do not how it works just feed him viagra! You will be scared and chop it off!

  • fran.aphane - 2012-07-04 12:59

    He will learn his lesson. God made this creatures because he loved them and he also gave us the once we can have for meat. If is criminal or illegal to possess you are also a criminal and if is stolen and you buy it you are just like the thief yourself? Finish & Klaar.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-04 13:38

      Should a housebreaker receive the same sentence as a murderer ... if you get what I mean?

  • rozannne - 2012-07-04 13:06

    why only 8 years jailtime, why not confiscate his game farm??? for once can we show that we are serious about rhino poaching!!!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-07-04 13:14

    Finally the precedence is set, and a measurement for punishment for those involved in selling and handling of illegal game products. It shows the world that South Africa is serious about protecting it's wildlife (not only Rhino) against the unscrupulous onslaught by both local and international syndicates. We need to chase down the culprits across international borders and request that other countries do the same. The price of loosing any wildlife species is uncountable, and there is no excuse for mankind to allow any further extinction of any kind in this day and age of fast communication, and knowledge of how to prevent and correct the possibility of any wildlife extinction.

  • Charms - 2012-07-04 13:21

    Hope all his ill gains goes to the protection of Rhino's....use his farm as a sanctuary for wild animals!!!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-04 13:44

      Maybe in his mind he was protecting rhino by providing horns for the market from animals that were not killed. I doubt it, I think it was more like greed, but if the market could be well supplied from dehorned rhino, perhaps the price would come down. As long as the price stays high, the rhino is doomed. The rarer they become, the more valuable the horns, the more the incentive to poach them. The current efforts to protect them are no working, perhaps it is time to be a bit more broad minded. Oh, and he is a game farmer, so his farm is occupied by wild animals. I still can't understand how people consider his crime as bad as that of a poacher that kills rhino. Weird.

  • Paco - 2012-07-04 13:34

    why are these boers so dishonest ?

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-07-04 13:57

    Cut his nose off , plus a bullet in each knee ........

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-04 14:30

    @barefoot & Scouter What I said is boring because in this instance a white idiot criminal is sentenced to jail and likened to the anc. It's boring when it doesn't suits your filthy dirty racist ideologies. It's boring when a boer boytjie is likened to the criminals ruling our country because in your stupid idioitic brain he is not like the anc he was just unlucky because he is white and white people can't be like the anc because they are not suppose to be criminals!!! Just STFU small boy!!!

  • rivalani.mabasa - 2012-07-04 14:46

    He wont stay - jail was meant for poor people. Scot Crossley threw a man into lion's den but lasted for only 5 yrs in his life jail sentence. His accomplibe(Mathebula) is serving jail sentence alone.

  • Blackdude80 - 2012-07-04 15:30

    Never knew that these Boers can be involved in such criminal activities. Ndicinga ukuthi zezimnyama zodwa ezenza oku. Sodomising underage boys and now in possession of Rhino horns. You deserve to rot in jail. Papa wag vir jou!!!

  • zs5zk - 2012-07-04 19:38

    I have hunted many a poacher and they vanished,not even there ANCESTORS will find there SOULS.

  • JournoSergio - 2012-07-05 16:08

    8 years for 30 rhino horns is a total joke in my opinion... The guys who are benefiting from the horns must be laughing themselves sick :/

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-06 06:28

      Read the comment just above you from Is what the guy did really that bad? Did he even deserve 8 years, people get less for killing rhino?

  • hcerasmus - 2012-07-14 16:29

    Remove his horn first - force feed him viagra and then throw him into a over crowded cell - Bastardo!!

  • gideon.leroux.9 - 2012-07-17 15:53

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