Suspected leopard poacher to appear in court again

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A WOMAN who was arrested after being found in possession of five unprocessed leopard skins is expected to appear in the Malelane Magistrate’s Court again on April 8.

Anna Mathonsi (45) was not asked to plead during a second court appearance on March 18 and the case was postponed for further investigation.

Mathonsi is charged with contravening the Nature Conservation Act of being in possession of dead game without a permit.

She was released on bail of R2000 after being arrested last month during a roadblock on the N4 in Malelane.

Managers or owners of game reserves and farms who suspect that animals could have been poached on their farms are urged to contact the police in Malelane.

At an event last week at the Malelane Golf Club in Malelane, the Kruger National Park Section Rangers at the Crocodile Bridge have called on the public to participate in the fight against wildlife poaching.

By law, people trading in animal products, including skins, should obtain a permit from the
Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency to legally operate a business.
Leopards have been classified as vulnerable in the International Union for Conservation and Nature.