Lions killed and heads mutilated for muthi in Limpopo

WHILE Limpopo cops were still wondering who could be responsible for the poisoning and beheading of two lions on a farm in Lephalale, three more were killed for their heads two days later!

This brings to five, the number of lions poisoned and beheaded in the province in less than one week.

It was first reported over the weekend that Limpopo police found two white female lions killed and beheaded at a farm in Lephalale.

Hardly two days after that report, three more lions were found dead at farms in Bela-Bela and Groblersdal.

Colonel Ronel Otto of the police confirmed that the dead lions at the farm in Lephalale had been poisoned.

She said the headless lion found at a game farm in Groblersdal was also poisoned, as were the male and female lions killed in the Bela-Bela area which had apparently also been shot in the head.

“We are not sure if the animal parts are being cut off to be used for muthi.

At the moment there is lot of guesswork,” Otto said.

Traditional healer Alfred Mukwevho from Venda said according to his knowledge only the jaws of a lion could be used for muthi: “When you have its muthi, you have the power to frighten people and make them believe whatever you are telling them.”

Otto said no one had been arrested in connection with the crimes. People who have information are urged to call captain Dave Retief of the Limpopo cops’ stock theft unit on 082 319 9460.

  • Meanwhile, the lion that caught people’s attention when he escaped from the Karoo National Park for a second time earlier this year will be moved to the Addo Elephant National Park on Friday.

SANParks made the announcement about his move not long after his recapture last month. Nicknamed “Sylvester” by the media, the lion will be moved to a boma in a 200ha enclosed space in the Kuzuko area of the park.

It is expected he will bond with two young female cubs already in the larger enclosure and finally establish himself as the pride’s male.

Source : DailySun

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