Amanda Watson
News Editor
3 minute read
20 Sep 2019
11:30 am

Future of Skukuza’s ‘poaching’ court hangs in balance

Amanda Watson

In September last year a storm broke over the court when it was accused of giving ridiculously lenient sentences to poachers.

FILE PICTURE: Kruger National Park staff walk near the carcass of a rhinoceros killed by poachers at Houtboschrand in the southern part of Kruger National Park, northeastern South Africa, on November 27, 2013.

The future of the Skukuza Regional Court - and the war on rhino poaching in the globally acclaimed Kruger National Park - is hanging in the balance pending a decision by Mpumalanga Judge President Malesela Legodi following news that the court is to be closed. “Judge President Legodi, exercising his powers in terms of section 8 (4)(c) of the Superior Courts Act,  has written to the relevant stakeholders informing them that the Regional Court in Skukuza will remain operational until a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the issue is convened,” Office of the Chief Justice spokesperson Nathi Mncube told The...