Illegal hunter given 10-year sentence

2016-06-03 08:01
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Pietermaritzburg - An illegal hunter who was found trespassing on iSimangaliso Wetland Park property last year was sentenced to 10 years in prison recently.

A statement issued by the iSimanga­liso Wetland Park said Musa Sibiya was sentenced to 10 years for the unlawful possession of a hunting rifle and nine live rounds of ammunition.

Sibiya was sentenced to a further two years for trespassing, which runs concurrently with the 10-year sentence.

“The sentence sends a clear message to illegal hunters trespassing into South Africa’s first world heritage site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park,” said iSimangaliso director Andrew Zaloumis.

Sibiya (36), from Nongoma, and an unknown companion who evaded capture, entered iSimangaliso’s uMkhuze section in October 2015 and was arrested by the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife field rangers.

“He was in possession of a high- ­powered hunting rifle and silencer, live ammunition, an axe, hacksaw and binoculars,” said Zaloumis.

“These are tools typically used for poaching black and white rhino.”

Zaloumis said the black rhino population in iSimangaliso’s uMkhuze section is original — making it one of the most genetically valuable black rhino populations globally.

“Effective law enforcement is a critical part of our campaign to save these rhino. This conviction resulted from the good work of Ezemvelo rangers under very challenging conditions,” he said.

— Witness Reporter.

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