FIVE men from Burnside suburb in Bulawayo have been arrested after they killed a warthog.
They were found in possession of 20kg warthog meat that they had stashed in a wardrobe.
The suspects who are all from Burnside suburb are Emmanuel Matare (49), Tyran Shito (39) Masimbe Mazimbe (30), Mbonisi Gumede (26) and Phathisani Moyo (23).
A source close to the investigations said Khumbulani Shumba (32), who is employed by Elizabeth Baye (29), who runs a wildlife sanctuary named Free To Be Wild at Burnside, noticed that one warthog was missing.
Baye and her employee conducted a thorough search and later got wind from residents that Matare, Shito, Mazimbe, Gumede and Moyo sneaked into the sanctuary and took a warthog.
“While they were conducting a search for the missing warthog some residents approached them on condition of anonymity and told them that Shito and his partners in crime took the warthog and went to slaughter it during the night and the meat was hid at Shito’s home,” said the source.
On the same day at around 4PM Baye reported the matter at Hillside police station.
Acting on a tip-off, the source said police from Hillside Police Station pounced on Shito leading to the arrest of his accomplices. A search was conducted at Shito’s home and meat was discovered.
“20kg meat which was put into two cooler boxes was discovered in a wardrobe. The cooler boxes were covered with blankets,” said the source.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident.
“I can confirm that we arrested five men for slaughtering a warthog. 20kg meat which is estimated to cost US$600 was recovered. The estimated cost of the warthog is US$1 000,”said Insp Ncube.
Insp Ncube said it is an offence to hunt any animal without a licence.