We're no croc hunters, say Limpopo cops

2013-01-26 18:10

Johannesburg - Limpopo police said on Saturday they were not involved in hunting down crocodiles that escaped from the Rakwena Crocodile Farm after floods in the province.

"[Police] do not have the capacity or the expertise [to hunt the crocodiles], however we are monitoring the situation on a daily basis," Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said in a statement.

Mulaudzi said there were no incidents reported regarding the crocodiles.

Zane Langman, the son-in-law of Johan Boshoff, who owns Rakwena, told Beeld newspaper on Thursday that around 15 000 crocodiles escaped from the farm into Limpopo River during the floods.

A few thousand crocodiles were recaptured in the dense bush next to the river and in the adjacent orange groves.

Langman told the newspaper he and Boshoff were forced to open the crocodile farm's gates, out of fear that the force of the water would crush the walls of Boshoff's home.

"We've been recapturing them as and when the local farmers phone us to tell us that there are crocodiles on their property.

"In Weipe there were a lot, and I also heard there was a crocodile a on school's rugby field in Musina," Langman said.

Most of the recapturing efforts were taking place at night, he said.

  • Smart Peace - 2013-01-26 18:16

    Please people help understand the purpose of crocodiles. I'm suprised by the number of crocs in such a small area of SA

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-26 18:36

      What? What part of "Crocodile farm" don't you understand?

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2013-01-26 19:31

      No croc hunters,what about Rhino poachers.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2013-01-26 18:18

    Haven't the police better things to do? Leave croc hunting to hunters - the army if necessary.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-26 18:35

      "[Police] do not have the capacity or the expertise [to catch criminals], however we are monitoring the situation on a daily basis," Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said in a statement.

  • Bluecrest - 2013-01-26 18:18

    BUT they have the capacity & expertise to bribe the public!!! So the public need more teeth...

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2013-01-26 18:29

    like wtf? how many crocs escaped? damn the farmer must have the capacity to recapture the whole lot i guess.

      stein.dewet - 2013-01-26 22:56

      feed the incompetent police to the crocs

  • Danie Gerber - 2013-01-26 18:53

    It might not be their job to help catch the crocodiles but it's their job to assist where possible and help keep the residents safe. Apparently the police are even to useless to do community service.

  • nicholus.nakanyane - 2013-01-26 19:09

    monitoring the situation?what situation?let the crocs go nd chew on stuff,im 100?hind loose crocs.hebanna.

      stein.dewet - 2013-01-26 23:01

      Spelling, please

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2013-01-26 19:18

    Crocs be afraid, very afraid the Limpopo cops is watching you!!!!

  • Thando Tdoz Kubheka - 2013-01-26 19:25

    u must b joking these ppl have families to go to everyday. Catching deadly crocodiles is absurd let the ppl who own them catch them i am sure they knw how to deal with them

  • refiloe.shikwambana - 2013-01-26 19:43

    Croc hunters same as Rhino Poachers.

  • Bongiwe Bongie Mabongz Dlutu - 2013-01-26 19:46

    police are trained to catch thieves not crocodiles,it is the duty of the crocodile farm owner to catch them with his workers, 15000...i wonder what are they eating inside the farm,poor creatures!

      nico.leroux1 - 2013-01-27 01:31

      Stein. This is not funny!

  • vandal.svz - 2013-01-26 19:59

    Well Crocodile Dundee is out of town right now, we know you guys are 'no criminal hunters', at least have a go at hunting a croc or 20. Shouldn't be that difficult since you both primitive and curious as to which is the smarter.

      vandal.svz - 2013-01-26 22:21

      No offence aimed at my black green yellow or white fellow members who enjoy a joke at the expense of our greed consumed govt...

  • thanuj.thulsie - 2013-01-26 20:08

    this is julius malema's home town after they should recruit him and pay him 100 bucks for each croc he captures.he needs the money i would think

      Michael Kleber - 2013-01-27 06:59

      ja julius can put in a tender to catch them , he can quickly register a new company

  • EDBUDDIE - 2013-01-26 20:10

    I hope its not a way of stealing zim crocs from limpopo river.

  • eric.maloka - 2013-01-26 20:16

    The owner of those deadly reptiles must make sure that he recapture them before they course havoc.Live the police out of these.Is the responsibility of the farmer to ensure safty of the community.

  • dick.macalumba - 2013-01-26 20:57

    Hope yu are not stealing zim croc in Limpopo!

  • charles.robbie - 2013-01-26 21:10

    Hey maybe the crocks will eat a few criminals along their path??

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-01-26 22:39

    Your retards idol

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2013-01-26 23:10

    The Limpopo back to its more natural state in predatory wildlife. :)

  • mabheshankone.zosuthu - 2013-01-26 23:25

    News24 likes deleting dissenting comments and curtailing citizen's freedom of speech. A news house with an agenda.

      iNJBL - 2013-01-27 09:33

      They do that and when there are too many of them comments are closed

  • Muffin_man_can - 2013-01-27 07:12

    Feeding time for the croccies! Lol

  • Oms Monokoane - 2013-01-27 07:34

    i don't think that this is funny @ all, i personaly think that the owner of this farm acted irresponsibly and selfishly, he chose to save his house and put the peoples lives in danger...he should have let his house get demolished by the floods after all he is the one that decided to go on the croc business, he is making money out of it he can build his precious house afterwards, he is clearly not well equiped to keep such preditors and i think his license to have them should be revoked and the crocs moves from his farm, i should think peoples lives should be more important that his house...what happens then when one of the crocs eats a poor child that decided to go take a swim in the river? who do we blame? the crocs? but then again that is my opinion and i stand corrected!!!

      johan.steyn.127 - 2013-01-27 07:43

      They still would have escaped the articel is incorrect he was trying to stop the parameter walls from being pushed over, would like to see how you react in a sutuation like this before you judge.

      John - 2013-01-27 19:20

      Ever heard of an act of GOD. Crocodiles are a food resource. He does not need a licence or permission from his servant government to supply food.

  • johan.steyn.127 - 2013-01-27 07:50

    Wonder what ever happened to the motto to protect and serve what happened to the officers that joined the force to make life better for the poeple and not just seeing it as an gap to get rich quick with criminal activities what a wonderfull new SA.

  • WILDSBOK - 2013-01-27 07:53

    O please go and make tea please. Is it his fauld for the big rains. Dont talk bull. O...ok its apartheids fauld. Sorry.

  • ron.wale.3 - 2013-01-27 07:55

    How many ANCYL voters have been eaten so far?

  • Oms Monokoane - 2013-01-27 08:06

    very funny, blame the reporters and the police...what a shame...if u decided 2 keep crocs get better equiped and get educated about how deal with the situation should it arise...he failed to handle his own business he has no business keeping them...

  • Oms Monokoane - 2013-01-27 09:06

    talking about apartheid? really? dont make a bigger ass of yourself than u already are, people like you should be shot...if you choose to keep such preditors you must prepair for the worst, its like business u always think ahead not like a chicken... no one is to blame but the farmer period and he must clean up his own mess period!!!

  • bill.mckimm.9 - 2013-01-27 09:08

    SO the police don't capture crocodiles; goes with a long list of other things they don't do like, capturing criminals, taking citizens' complaints, attending crime scenes and preventing crime. Thanks for expanding the list Brigadier Mulaudzi. Now you can get back to what the police force does best; crime, bribery, corruption and eating!

  • John - 2013-01-27 18:56

    COPS serve and protect? Are you nuts? COPS are far too busy harassing motorists, extorting bribes, scoffing KFC. Since when do our masters SERVE?

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