Jaco Bothma resigns (again) from CFR – a new professional hunting association – Fire Arms Act before the Constitutional Court – a poacher is poached by a lion.
Major General Jaco Bothma, who had played a prominent role in the ongoing saga between SAPS and the firearm owners community for many years, resigned and left the SAPS on 31 January 2018.
New Hunting Assoictaion
A new association, representing the interests of professional hunters opposed to hunting captive-bred lions, has been formed in South Africa.
Former Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (Phasa) president Stewart Dorrington was elected as the body’s first chairperson.
Dorrington told News24 the mandate of the Custodians of Professional Hunting and Conservation South Africa (CPHCSA) was to “promote only ethical and responsible conservation-based hunting principles, such as hunting only under fair chase conditions”.
The formation of the new body followed an urgent meeting in Johannesburg on Wednesday, attended by some of the top guns in South African hunting circles.
It comes less than two weeks after constitutional and policy changes of PHASA (Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa) sent shock waves throughout the industry.
At its annual general meeting PHASA members voted to reverse the body’s 2015 resolution and policy, which opposed promoting the hunting of captive-raised lions.
Following the decision, PHASA members, including seven past presidents, resigned en masse, with sponsors and internationally-recognised hunting organisations voicing their strong disapproval.
Constitutional Court Case
The Minister of Police appealed against Judge Tolmay’s ruling in the Gauteng North High Court on 4 July 2017, while SA Hunters applied for ratification of the same High Court order in the Constitutional Court.
Both these applications will be heard on 7 February 2018, instead of on 8 February as previously announced. The reason is because Parliament opens on 8 February 2018, which requires the official presence of the Chief Justice.
During December 2017, SA Hunters compiled the court record for the SAPS (because they did not make progress in this regard), which was filed with their consent in the Constitutional Court as required. The Minister’s heads of argument were filed on 22 December as directed by the Chief Justice. SA Hunters in turn filed its heads of argument by 5 January as directed.
After conclusion of this process, Fidelity Security Services and Gun Free SA (GFSA) applied late to join the case as Amicus Curiae (friends of the Court). This required both the Minister of Police and SA Hunters to respond to these late applications. While writing this newsletter, the last documents of SA Hunters were filed in response to these late applications.
Lion poaches poacher
A suspected poacher was fatally mauled and eaten by a pack of lions near a national park in South Africa, leaving behind just the man’s “head and some remains,” police said.
A police spokesman in Limpopo told AFP that a loaded hunting rifle was found near the man’s body early Saturday at a private game park in Hoedspruit, west of Kruger National Park, which contains large numbers of the Big 5 game species — lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo.
“It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions,” Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP. “They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains.”
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