Hippo donated to Zulu king

2012-10-18 09:38

Durban - A hippo that was to be sold to a private buyer was killed and donated to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, the Mercury reported on Thursday.

Three months ago the hippo attacked Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife technician Anthony Swatton while it was grazing in the village of St Lucia inside the Isimangaliso Wetland Park.

After the attack it was caught and sent to Ezemvelo game capture bomas at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi.

Ezemvelo spokesperson Musa Mntambo said in an e-mail to the Mercury: "The hippo was donated to the reed dance ceremony that took place in Ingwavuma from September 14-16 for the uMkhanyakude community. It was not given to the king per se."

He also said Ezemvelo decided to kill the hippo because it could have ended up attacking another person.

"We could not take that risk," said Mntambo.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife chief executive Bandile Mkhize said: "From time to time we donate animals to the king. We have a special relationship and negotiate with him on what is possible or not possible, but I would hate to see him portrayed as someone who bulldozes us."

He said Ezemvelo had a policy to destroy any wild animal which attacks people.

Royal family spokesperson Prince Mbonisi Zulu referred all queries to Ezemvelo.

"I have not heard of such an animal being donated to His Majesty," Zulu said.

General Manager of Zululand Rhino Reserve, Karen Holmes, confirmed the reserve had offered to acquire the hippo and pay translocation costs.

"But a few days prior to delivery we were notified that the hippo was no longer available. We were not told why," Holmes said.

  • carol.harvey.9406 - 2012-10-18 09:58

    ???????????? Stupid stupid stupid .... choke on it !!!!

      danie.strydom.7 - 2012-11-05 23:35

      One fat animal to another fat animal. If given the chance, I know which trophy I would like to hang on my wall ...

  • sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-10-18 10:01

    Of course it may attack ITS A WILD ANIMAL!!! Bloody annoys me how people just assume that we are empowered to kill wild animals that do not fit into our expectations of behaving when people are around! Sickens me every time!!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-18 10:46

      I agree!!!! Why kill it? I guess the king needed his hippo meat

      petrus.ngwenya.3 - 2012-10-18 11:17

      It was dangerous. Any animal, human or buffalo, has the right to attack another animal it perceives as a threat. Unfortunately for the hippo, it does not stand a chance against a human attacker. Evolution is "not a nice lady".

      bow.hunter.1884 - 2012-10-18 16:09

      Petrus, so you acknowledge that you are still competing with animals on the evolutionary scale? Well done, big boy!

  • Andrea - 2012-10-18 10:05

    Why News24, do you delete my post of evolution needing to catch up? Afraid your pc's will explode with thumbs up?

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-18 10:47


      Andrea - 2012-10-18 11:15

      I've noticed!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-18 11:39

      We've all noticed.

      Billy - 2012-10-18 12:33

      certain words are caught in a filter, these comments go off to a third party before it shows up on the screen. so if the words are flagged the comment does not stick.

      sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-18 16:06

      That's why I've resorted to first posting my comments to F/BOOK before I send them here so that those who follow them can have an UNDISTORTED INFERENCE of what I intended to state.

  • alain.d.thomas - 2012-10-18 10:05

    Why would anybody donate a dead hippo? WTF would one do with a dead hippo?

      paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-10-18 10:12

      Food, it's not too bad, but I prefer Buffalo! Don't forget the ivory, cos thats the next animal to get killed for the east.

      Werewabbit - 2012-10-18 10:25

      Skin it?

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-18 11:53

      Eat it of course. Wake up and smell the frying hippo!

  • paul.bester1 - 2012-10-18 10:11

    WTF!!!! That is a stupid and archaic policy to have in place especially when running a wildlife organisation! They're WILD ANIMALS, of course they will attack people if people are not careful. So typical of South Africa: no respect for any life whatsoever.

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-10-18 10:16

    Do you also destroy any human that attack animals ?

      gretchen.oswald.3 - 2012-10-18 11:10

      Why cant they donate all wild life poachers dead bodies to The King as well? He could be having a feast all year around then.

  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-10-18 10:18

    They shouldn't have taken it in the first place in it was against their policy or else they should have taken it back.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-18 10:19

    "Ezemvelo decided to kill the hippo because it could have ended up attacking another person" how about "Ezemvelo decided to kill the poacher because he could end up poaching another animal"

  • kitty2wp - 2012-10-18 10:48

    why does a Zulu King need a 'dead' hippo. if it wasn't for the influence of western rules and laws - Africa would be dead of beautiful wild creatures. extinct.

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-10-18 10:55

    i am totaly lost here

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 11:16

      so are the authorities.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-18 11:40

      The entire country is lost, or very close anyway..

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-10-18 11:17

    Seems like Khulubuse Zuma has been invited for a meal.

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-18 11:55

      That hippo wouldn't be enough to feed that fat bastard!

  • summer.mackenzie.96 - 2012-10-18 11:23

    Oh my word - no one knows anything, and i dont even want to imagine how this hippo was killed

  • anakin.skyvader.9 - 2012-10-18 11:36

    "The hippo was donated to the reed dance ceremony...." Is it just me or does this sound so typically backwards and primitive??

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 11:48

      It's not just you.

  • andy4real - 2012-10-18 11:37

    Ezemvelo had a policy to destroy any wild animal which attacks people. What if this people move in the teritories of this animals.? What God said this world is only for human beings?

      petrus.ngwenya.3 - 2012-10-18 12:08

      Probably the same one that made the hippo dumb enough to attack a human, and think he could get away with it. Humans are dangerous, and if an animal attacked me, I will defend myself.

  • zeepolar - 2012-10-18 11:37

    oh wow, i am seeing some rich comments from people who hunt just for fun.

      bow.hunter.1884 - 2012-10-18 16:14

      Zee, bona fide hunters are the main wildlife conservers in this country. Hunters are the reason for so many game farms. Real hunters love nature and animals, and do not just kill for fun.

  • Sphiwe - 2012-10-18 11:38

    Oah They have a right to poach

  • zeepolar - 2012-10-18 11:44

    if u dont understand why he was given a dead hippo, no need to get all aggro. they have their reasons. respect that. whether it was for food, cultural reasons or whatever. no use complaining about it. people kill animals for worse reasons. some of yal are probably wearing fur coats and have ivory accessories on. some kill animals as a sport. yeah, dont act like you dont know that. just like cows are sacred in some cultures, yet some see them as just meat, its the same. if you love hippos, fine, u will be upset. but to others hippos mean somethng else. i saw a comment about " how african would have wiped out all the animals had the west not intervened". that is laughable. we are not the ones who displaces animals to build cities and towns. we are not the ones who destroyed 3/4 of the world's forests to make way for " development" . we are not the ones who caused global warming. people must stop being ignorant when it comes to other people's cultural values. those who live in glass houses should never throw stones.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-18 13:00

      You just don't get it do you? It's all passing right over your head and you can't understand what the fuss is about. Shame.

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-10-18 15:28

      Well balanced and objective comment, ZEPOLAR

      sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-18 15:58

      Munching of VIOLENT

      bow.hunter.1884 - 2012-10-18 16:20

      Nope she does not get it. Seems like she does not live in a town or city either - she does not drive a car, ride in a taxi, buy beef in a supermarket or fart. She also does not understand that all her family's cows are grazing on land that was supposed to be feeding wild life. Her fire wood also did not come from trees that were supposed to counter hot house gasses.

      bow.hunter.1884 - 2012-10-18 16:28

      Zeepolar, I do not see you leading a nomadic life style, leading your cattle all over Africa? Your ancestors knew better than to just consume and destroy. They understood sustainability and responsible custodianship of nature, including grazing land, wild life and ecosystems. You, miss "poet and politician", know nothin about that, and neither do most of your generation of "non - Westerners". Are you African, or Western? Decide, but don't adopt the worst of both worlds.

      zeepolar - 2012-10-18 20:36

      bow hunter, please read my comment again. i have no idea what u are trying to say. am just saying people's reactions are not justified.

  • nicky.tyrrell - 2012-10-18 11:47

    Shaking head, Mmmmmmmmmmmm stupid, they are wild animals, of course they can attack humans if they feel intimidated. To what end was the dead animal given to the "King"?, to eat? for fun? No words can describe stupid.

  • Jo.Davies123 - 2012-10-18 11:47

    Although I had to read this 3 times to try and understand what is going I here, I will give this a bash; A private game reserve offered to buy the hippo. The organisation which received the money down and donated it to the Reed Dance, where it was promptly killed. Please tell me that I have misunderstood this. Hippo just being a hippo.

  • misstee.langhein - 2012-10-18 12:14

    Really? Kill the Hippo?? Its a wild animal after all, its their instinct to attack when they feel threatened!! So the first thing man kind do is kill the Hippo-ever considered that it was the human at fault here?? Hippo's wont attack out of the blue unless you are in his territory or you have threatened him!! We were in St Lucia recently on honeymoon, and i have seen with my own eyes how a Tourist is standing infront of a hippo (Where they normally come out at 6pm to eat at the estuary) literally blocking this hippo in his path, now if this hippo attacked those Tourists would the hippo or the Tourist be at fault!! Man kind is very cruel for killing such a beautiful animal for defending himself!!

  • Pete7930 - 2012-10-18 12:48

    Defies all logic ! Imbeciles!

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-18 12:53

    And what did Goodfornothing do? Hippotitinapot! Now for a one week siesta!

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-10-18 13:03

    I dont understand Lot of things that this king do*me shocked*

  • john.smit.121772 - 2012-10-18 14:22

    Yippy, a killing hippo, they should have kept it alive and donated it to Zuma

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-18 15:41

    Ever wondered as to why the ZULUS are always 'fighting'

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-10-18 17:48

      Dude ur are so shallow....

  • kyle.naidoo.5011 - 2012-10-18 15:48

    The time id fast approaching where we humans are going to be the endangered species , that day will be a good day , my the earth be cleansed of the biggest parasite of all HUMAN!!!

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-18 16:13

    Is the ZULU KING gonna declare this 'GIFT'?

  • courtney.harding.7 - 2012-10-18 20:47

    Back to the primitive...

      joyce.beeton - 2012-10-29 12:49

      Not "back to the primitive" - they still are primitive. There can never be any real reconciliation between people who have such very different beliefs and outlooks on life and the ethical treatment of animals. That is just the simple truth.

  • joyce.beeton - 2012-10-29 12:46

    In my last comment re King Goodwill Zwelinthini's request for more money to add to his ridiculously high budget, I described him as a cruel leader. Why on earth must a killed hippo be donated to King Zwelinthini? It was apparently given to the reed dance ceremony the maidens perform every year. The ritual killing of the bull is another ceremony that takes place annually before the rains and after a bull is selected, it is tied up, its testicles are bound tightly and its eyes and tongue are gouged out, sand is rubbed in its face and it is strangled by the King's "warriors" - the louder the bull bellows in pain, the more strength is given to the King. How can one respect people who have such cruel and ridiculous outdated superstitions!!!

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