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By unknown | Nov 24, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sakhile Mokoena

Sakhile Mokoena

Two men accused of poaching a crocodile failed to pay R1000 bail each this week.

The granting of bail in the Nkomazi magistrates' court in Mpumalanga to "Crocodile Dundee" Alex Masinga, 53, and his co-accused Simon Khoza, 49, was delayed by five hours after the magistrate's car broke down on her way to work on Wednesday.

The two were arrested early this month after Masinga boasted to villagers that he had killed the crocodile with a panga during a four-hour fight with it.

He claimed that the 3-metre reptile had even swallowed his panga during the battle.

Investigations conducted by the Mpumalanga Parks and Tourism Agency (MPTA) showed that Masinga had snared the crocodile.

The crocodile was found with a snare on its neck and fishing net in its mouth which prompted the officials to bring poaching charges against Masinga.

MPTA spokesman, Jimmy Masombuka, said the scar on Masinga's foot was not proof of a crocodile bite.

He said Masinga's jeans had only three marks that he claimed were made by the crocodile's teeth but that they did not believe him.

"We are well trained and can tell if the marks were made by the jaws of a crocodile or not," Masombuka said.

The case was postponed to December 11 and by late yesterday the two were still in custody.


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