KZN residents 'hacking' whale for meat

Johannesburg - Residents of the South Coast in KwaZulu-Natal have been hacking parts of a humpback whale which washed up on the beach earlier this week, The Witness said on Wednesday.

Tony Prins, who witnessed the incident, reportedly told The Witness online about 50 people gathered to cut off parts of the whale, which washed up on Palm Beach on Monday.

"The animal is being cut open and some of its intestines and other organs are washing onto the shore," he was quoted as saying.

Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife spokesperson Musa Mntambo told The Witness people found with whale meat could face jail time as it was illegal to be in possession of it.

Port Edward cleansing and waste management manager Tony Davis said he was hopeful that the rising tide would wash the carcass back into the water.

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John Greystoke 2014-08-27 07:14:13 PM
Gee Wiz, jail time! For taking meat from a dead animal. It is like when crayfish walks out onto the beach because of red tide. No one is allowed to take these crayfish, it rots on the beach and is taken away to dump sites. It is food!
Trevor Whitehead 2014-08-27 07:27:45 PM
Jeez Jacob...looks like your people are starving..
David Rai 2014-08-27 07:38:27 PM
And that's how next ebola was created
Laila Nagdee 2014-08-27 07:41:28 PM
If it's safe to eat, and people are hungry... What's the crime?
Deon K. Alexander 2014-08-27 07:54:23 PM
Prison is 258% overcrowded because of these "overnight laws" that prevent people from surviving ,and thats why there is no space for our blue eye politicians...
Rofhiwa Ronald 2014-08-27 08:49:06 PM
Let the peoples eat wat Eva that is not harmful to human consumption without not being cought
Bonga Mbambo 2014-08-27 08:53:47 PM
Nobody saw them eating it! Its for traditional medicine!!! Take a chill pill!!!
Nina Valetta 2014-08-28 01:06:22 AM
If you aren't a vegetarian you can't condemn this. Like really that would be such hypocrisy
Dawn Erasmus-Coetzee 2014-08-28 09:55:23 AM
I think what everyone should keep in mind is that we don't know what the animal died of???? THAT is why you get jail time for being in possession of the meat!!!! Come now people, think a bit! Besides the fact that hacking into this poor animal is barbaric........ Oh wait....... we live in SA so its ok to be barbaric.......