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Men accused of killing rare oryx await fate

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Trio face charges of relating to the contravention of the Conservation Act, as well as trespassing, after allegedly hunting the rare black oryx without a permit and also using prohibited hunting methods (dogs and stones)

The three accused appeared in the Barkly Magistrates Court. Picture: Soraya Crowie

THE THREE young men accused of poaching an extremely rare black oryx, valued at around R8 million, on a game farm outside Kimberley last year, will receive judgment in the Barkly West Magistrate’s Court next month.

Magistrate Veliswa Sityata heard final argument yesterday.

Tshkolo William Dikoko, 26, Thabang Riet, 18 and a 17-year-old minor face charges relating to the contravention of the Conservation Act, as well as trespassing, after allegedly hunting the rare black oryx without a permit and also using prohibited hunting methods (dogs and stones) during the incident on November 16 last year

All three accused pleaded guilty to trespassing but not guilty to the charges of hunting a protected species without a permit and hunting with prohibited methods.

The State prosecutor, Tebogo Moheta, yesterday called for the three to be convicted on all three counts, as charged, while their lawyer, Anthony McConnachie, from Legal Aid South Africa, stated that the three could only be found guilty of damage to property, as his clients believed the animal was already dying and “beyond help”.

Sityata will deliver judgment in the matter next month.