By Norma Wildenboer
The Department of Nature Conservation’s Special Investigation Unit has positively identified the homemade spears, used to kill Abraham the Camel, as typical of the traditional weapons used in hunting by the San community in Platfontein.
News of the death of the pet camel led to a public outcry and authorities are now suspecting members of the nearby Platfontein community to be responsible for the brutal killing.
Abraham was found speared to death early Tuesday morning at 8Myl Animal Farm. Three men were seen fleeing the scene after farm workers discovered the carcass.
Des Mgoboli from Nature Conservation’s Special Investigation Unit on Wednesday confirmed that the spears used in the killing were handmade and typical of the traditional weapons manufactured and used in hunting by the San community.
Ida Sonnenberg, owner at 8Myl Animal Farm, on Wednesday said that she would leave no stone unturned in the search for the perpetrators and vowed to do whatever necessary to find them.
She also said that Abraham’s unfortunate death had led to various stakeholders, including government departments, community members, nature conservation and the “Green Scorpions” getting together to put an end to game poaching in the area.
“Through giving his life, Abraham gave a voice to other animals who cannot speak. Hopefully people will start listening now and put a stop to the cruel killing of animals on farms across the province,” she said. More....