Poaching case struck off roll

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Malelane - A case of trespassing and illegal game hunting against two Mpumalanga men has been provisionally struck off the roll by the Malelane Magistrate's Court, police said on Thursday.

The case was struck off the roll on Wednesday, pending Sabelo Maphungla's recovery in hospital, said Lt-Col Leonard Hlathi.

Maphungla, 28, was in a critical condition after being shot in the head in September while driving a bakkie in the Mauricedale game reserve.

His passengers Siso Nkhosi, 28, and Jabo Dlamini, 38, were charged with trespassing, illegal game hunting, and possession of game.

“Nkosi and Dlamini appeared briefly in court and were informed that the matter has been struck off the roll as Maphungla had not yet recovered,” Hlathi said.

Richard Hume, 31, the son of rhino and buffalo breeder John Hume, has been charged with the attempted murder of Maphungla.

He was arrested in September and is out on bail.

Hume would appear again on January 8.


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