Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris & Poaching
On Monday Dawie Groenewald and his wife, Sariette Groenewald, of Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris, and a contracted hunter, Tielman Erasmus, were arrested at a farm near Louis Trichardt. Also among those held in raids by the South African Police Service were two vets from the Modimolle area, Karel Toet and Manie du Plessis, and Toet’s wife, Mariza.
Following an investigation, Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris was expelled from Zimbabwe by nature conservation authorities for apparent illegal activities in 2005. Groenewald was also suspended from the South African Professional Hunters’ Association in 2006 for unethical behaviour and in April this year was arrested in the United States when he tried to smuggle a leopard skin into the country. Beeld reported that he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a fine of $30 000.