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Endangered species such as blue duiker and oribi were also apparently hunted

January 5, 2018

OHRIGSTAD – A farm manager who allegedly illegally hunted more than R3 million worth of game on his employer’s farm, was arrested on Wednesday.

Johan George Boshoff (39) appeared in the Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Limpopo police spokesman, Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe, said they believed that the alleged crimes took place between February and December 2017 on the farm 514 KT in Boshoek where he worked. “The owner told him hunting was prohibited on his farm.”

A source close to the investigation confirmed that the arrest came about after a sting operation was conducted by the Noctuam Anti-Poaching and Lebowakgomo Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit.

The breeding stock that was hunted included eland, kudu, giraffe, blue wildebeest, impala, oryx and warthog, according to the source.

Endangered species such as blue duiker and oribi were also apparently hunted by Boshoff along with a variety of outfitters and international hunters. Ngoepe said more arrests would follow.

At the time of going to press, the outcome of his court appearance was not yet known.