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By MBONGENI NDLELA - SWAZI TIMES-21-Oct-2009

PIGG’S PEAK – Two suspects were yesterday morning arrested after they were found fishing illegally at the Maguga Dam.

Sifiso Mavuso (21) of Matsapha and George Mzimba (23) of Big Bend were arrested by the Pigg’s Peak police after they had already caught 255 fish. It was gathered that the two had erected nets across the dam which they monitored through the night. They were, however, spotted by residents who then tipped the police.

To their surprise, a faction of concerned residents pounced on them and later called the police. They were found with some pots which, according to sources, they had used to cook at night. Records revealed that this is the second time Mavuso is arrested for illegal fishing at the dam.

On previous records, he was arrested and had his nets destroyed after being found with more than 1 000 fish. He was convicted at the Magistrate’s court and paid a E200 fine. Ever since the dam was constructed, fishing had been banned by officials from the Komati Water Basin Authorities. People who want to go fishing at the dam are expected to apply for permission from KOBWA.

The company has, on a number of occasions, warned people against illegal fishing and further educated the community members on how to report those committing the offen- ce. Recently, a man died and his friend was lucky to survive at the dam while they were fishing illegally. The man’s body was retrieved after a week’s search.

Police Public Relations Officer Senior Superintendent Vusi Masuku confirmed the arrests. He said the suspects would this morning appear at the Magistrate’s court.


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