The MTPA set up a cage trap, and according the Diving Unit’s Capt Pottie Potgieter, the croc was caught yesterday, Hazyview Herald reported.
This video was taken shortly after its release into its new home at a local crocodile farm.
The diving unit from White River had been searching for Shabangu since he was reported missing last Saturday. His body was recently found among the long reeds and carefully brought back on to land.
Police used helicopters and local rescue parties to scan large parts of the Sabie River for him, before finally discovering his body four days later.
During the search for Shabangu, the unit started at the spot where he had last been seen fetching water from the river.
The five-member team, including Potgieter’s wife, Captain Joey Potgieter, first had to walk through rough bush terrain, carrying their boats on their backs and wearing heavy diving suits, as well as all their equipment, to reach the river.
After the area was searched by boat, but to no avail, the team moved a couple of kilometres down the river.
This was when Pottie got a faint whiff of the decomposing body. He called back the team to search an area full of reeds where locals were fishing.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi requested people to take extra care of their children if they were playing near or in rivers or dams.
“There are unfortunate situations in which young lives have been squashed in a blink of an eye which could have been avoided,” he said.
– Caxton News Service