Trio jailed for poaching in Limpopo

2013-03-08 12:06

Johannesburg - Three men have been convicted and jailed for poaching by the Modimolle Regional Court in Limpopo, the Hawks said on Friday.

Mozambicans Davida Mbendani, 41, Amos Mabaso, 40, and Shadrack Membe, 38, were sentenced on Monday to a combined total of 11 years in prison, said Captain Paul Ramaloko.

Mbendani and Mabaso were jailed for three years each. Membe was sentenced to five years behind bars.

This was after these guys were caught in the act of poaching in April 2011, at Welgevonden Game Farm, in Vaalwater in Limpopo," said Ramaloko.

"One hunting rifle was confiscated. They were arrested before they could kill any rhino."

The head of the Hawks in Limpopo, Major General Dibero Molatjana, said this was a clear message that the Hawks in the province would not stop until they got to the bottom of all poaching in the province.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2013-03-08 12:36

    Geeezz !!! Only 3 years ?? One could get that for speeding.

  • bheki.dladla.756 - 2013-03-08 13:30

    Is all this called "justice"???? im actally shocked. the Judge could have done much better considering the poaching problem that is destroying our heritage.

  • LesleyDGreyling - 2013-03-08 13:50

    what a friggen joke~! pathetic~! men and women put their LIVES IN DANGER and the men raping our natural resources get 3 and 5 years~! WTF Dear ZuZU??? did someone not understand your messgae to be HARSH ON CRIME? so far i have not seen ANY harshness on crime - any crime. SO ZuZu, and Govt, are you even SERIOUS ABOUT THE RHINO POACHING ISSUE?~! Just like there are going to be special courts with people trained properly to understand gender based abuse, violence and rape, we need special courts run by people who understand and FRIGGEN CARE about our natural resources~! Fork this just is SO pathetic ~!

      Richard George Galpin - 2013-03-08 14:02

      maybe they also feel sorry for those eastern gentlemen finding it difficult to get it to stand up!!!! Think the powers that be will only get into action once it is too late and there are no more tourists who want to see our non existant Rhino's

  • Itse Nnete - 2013-03-09 08:36

    Lets get the big guys not the foot soldiers

      Erick Vogel - 2013-03-15 11:46

      Where are they? I don't see any arrests made after that Dawie caracter from Polokwane. BTW, I wonder what is happening to that case? Did it die a silent death?

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