young men appeared in the Barkly West Magistrates Court on Tuesday
for allegedly poaching an extremely rare black oryx, believed to be
the only one of its kind in South Africa and valued at around R8
million, on a game farm outside Kimberley last year.Tshkolo William
Dikoko, 26, Thabang Riet, 18, and a 17-year-old minor appeared on
charges relating to the contravention of the Conservation Act, as
well as trespassing, after allegedly hunting the black oryx (a
protected species) without a permit and also using prohibited
hunting methods (dogs and stones) during the incident that occurred
at the Mattanu Private Game Reserve on November 16 last year.
The trio were arrested after an intelligence operation led
police to them and some of the animals meat was found in their
possession. However, some of the meat had apparently already been
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 owner of Mattanu Private Game Reserve, Dr Johan Kriek,
testified for the State that the animal was the only black oryx in
South Africa that he knew of, after a second black oryx was killed
He also warned that all camps in the reserve contained buffalo,
which pose a danger to humans.
The three accused took to the witness stand on Tuesday and
testified in their own defence, after the State had earlier closed
The three testified that they had been hunting for bush pigs
with some dogs, belonging to the minor accused, when they came
across a hole under the reserves fence. They said they entered the
area, together with the dogs.
They went on to say that they then heard the dogs barking in the
distance and on closer inspection found the injured black oryx
surrounded by the dogs, which were biting and attacking the
The accused then apparently pelted the buck with stones until it
died. They said that they did...