‘Illegal hunter’ shot dead, farmworker is facing a murder charge 

An alleged ille­gal hunter, Matl­hat­si Edwin Thutl­wa (30) of Kaulet­si vil­lage in Ga-Sele­ka was shot and killed at Groot­pan farm, Beska in Lep­ha­lale.

Limpopo Police Spokesper­son, Brigadier Mot­lafela Mojape­lo con­firmed the farm­work­er, Barend Steyn (32) appeared in the Lep­ha­lale Magistrate’s Court on April 28, fac­ing a mur­der charge.

Steyn is out on R5000 bail and the court post­poned the case to July 3, 2020, for fur­ther inves­ti­ga­tions.

Brigadier Mojape­lo said cops seized the mur­der weapon used dur­ing the shoot­ing inci­dent which occurred on April, 26.

“Nature Con­ser­va­tion mem­bers were alert­ed to the scene by gun­shots,” said Brigadier Mojape­lo.

Accord­ing to police spokesper­son, Nature Con­ser­va­tion mem­bers found the trio with two bags con­tain­ing wild ani­mal meat, one gems­bok, and hunt­ing tools.

“As they escort­ed them towards a van, the men fled into dif­fer­ent direc­tions and dis­ap­peared into the bush­es.

The police and med­ical emer­gency ser­vices cer­ti­fied Thutl­wa dead when they arrived at the scene.

“It is not clear at this stage what led to the mur­der, but inves­ti­ga­tions are still con­tin­u­ing,” added Mojape­lo.

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