Crocodile hunting in Mpu – the next extinction?

With elephants and rhinos being used for alternative medicine, are crocodiles the next to be used for muti?

Tumelo waga Dibakwane

It seems Crocodile Dundee is alive and well and living in Mpumalanga! Five men were jailed yesterday at the Barberton Magistrate’s Court yesterday for being in possession of two crocodile carcasses.

The arrest follows swift action by the police after receiving a complaint from a local farm owner who suspected that some of his crocodiles may have been captured and killed due to blood stains which were found near a dam. Police immediately launched an investigation which led them straight to the door of the five suspects. All five were arrested on the spot and charged with hunting of protected game.

The suspects, Victor Mhlongo (44), Linda Mbusha (27), Sifiso Khoza (30), Mlungisi Madonsela (22) and Moses Mnisi (41), are in custody until 19 September 2017, pending a formal bail application.

The Letaba Herald recently published an article on crocodiles being mutilated and killed for muti.