Much ado about dead bunny

Three security guards arrested after they were found in possession of a dead rabbit in Mpumalanga appeared in court on Friday on charges of being in possession of a dead animal.

They were not asked to plead and were released on a warning - pending their next appearance in the Komatipoort periodical court on March 12.

Moses Thwala, 31, Ernest Mbebe, 32, and Bongane Shongwe, 23, were arrested last Thursday after they allegedly picked up a dead rabbit at the Marloth Park community game reserve.

"I don't know why we were arrested. We didn't kill that rabbit; we found it dead after it was knocked down by a car," said Thwala.

An Mpumalanga Parks Board spokesman said: "We arrested them in terms of an act that forbids people from picking up dead animals in the park." - Given Mahlalela