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From: http://www.sanparks.org/about/news/default.php?id=55984

Media Release: SANParks arrests employee for illegal hunt of game
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Date: 27th January 2014
Musina: South African National Parks (SANParks) Environmental Crime Investigators conducted a successful arrest this morning of one of its employees based in one of the national parks under its management.
This according to SANParks Acting Head of Communications, Reynold Thakhuli who said the suspect whose name cannot be made public before appearing in court is a SANParks employee based in the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site near Musina, Limpopo. “He has been implicated on a number of illegal commercial hunting activities on state land involving a number of hunting professionals and game meat operators.
According to Thakhuli, the suspect has been using SANParks official stationery to interest his customers… “and this made these illegal transactions appear to be an activity sanctioned by SANParks.”
He said the illegal hunts happened in the farm Den Staat which is a state owned property and has an open system with Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site as no fence exists between the two properties. “It was revealed during the investigations that led to arrest of the suspect, that this illegal hunting activity by organized groups has been so severe in that as many as 16 hunting groups would visit the area on certain days even beyond the official hunting season.”
Thakhuli said about ten suspected illegal hunters have been identified in various provinces including Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. “They have been positively linked to this illegal activity within a protected conservation area and colluding with the suspect. These suspects include professional hunters and, game meat operators and all will be appearing in court next month.”
He said some of the hunted animals included a leopard which is classified as a schedule three (3) protected wild animal under the Limpopo Environment Act (Act 7 of 2003). There are a number of charges that the suspect is facing this ranges from:
• Bringing SANParks name into disrepute by advertising illegal hunts with price lists using SANParks official stationery and electronic communications
• Involvement in illegal commercial hunting business for personal gain in a conservation area
• Falsifying documentation including hunting permits and transportation of game carcasses
• Contravening of veterinary regulations (health risk as the activities occurred in the controlled foot and mouth veterinary area)
• Non declaration of interest in a hunting business
Thakhuli said this is an indication of SANParks' commitment and seriousness in rooting out unscrupulous employees within its ranks.
Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications
Tel: 012 426 5170
Enquiries:
Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli
Acting Head of Communications, SANParks
Tel: 012 426 5203, Cell: 073 373 4999
Email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

Well done, catch them and lock them up.

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Great work from SANParks, hope they keep it up! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: SANParks arrests employee for illegal hunt of game.
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Gmlsmit, thank you for info. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: SANParks arrests employee for illegal hunt of game.
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Thank you Sanparks for demonstrating that this type of misconduct/corruption by Sanparks employees are and will be dealt with.

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:thumbs_up: to Sanparks. It is horrible to see Sanparks being brought into disrepute by one of their own.

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On the contrary MM, SANParks are to be applauded for taking the appropriate action and not sweeping it under the carpet, or 'protecting one's own' as is a popular practise nowadays.

It proves SANParks has integrity, something in short supply on this continent!

Well done SANParks :clap: :clap: :clap:

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SANParks employee arrested for illegal hunt granted bail

Pretoria: A South African National Parks (SANParks) employee arrested in connection with illegal commercial hunting activities in the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site, near Musina in Limpopo, appeared in the Makhado Magistrate Court this morning.

SANParks Acting Head of Communications, Reynold Thakhuli said, Mr. Michael Sematla, employed as a general worker in the park, was released on a R2 500 bail and will re-appear in court on Friday, 7 March 2014. “He will be given an opportunity internally to make representation to SANParks on the charges against him, following that a decision will be taken on how to proceed with the matter on SANParks level.”

He said Mr. Sematla has been implicated on a number of illegal commercial hunting activities on state land involving a number of hunting professionals and game meat operators in the farm Den Staat - a state owned property which has an open system with Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site as no fence exists between the two properties.

According to Thakhuli, the suspect will face a number of charges which includes using SANParks e-mail communication to interest his customers… “which made this unsanctioned action appear to be as approved by SANParks.”

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications
Tel: 012 426 5203

For media enquiries:
Reynold Thakhuli
Acting Head of Communications, SANParks
Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999
Email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

Divhani Maremba
Regional Communications Manager (Mapungubwe, Marakele & Golden Gate Highlands National Parks)
Tel: 012 426 5304; Cell: 082 941 9980
Email: divhani.maremba@sanparks.org

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