Attorneys acting for the owners of the Groblersdal farm that housed the Jugomaro Predator Park have warned that anyone who tried to prevent the eviction of the park’s owners would be contravening the law.
The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein dismissed an application for leave to appeal against an eviction order granted by the High Court against Jugomaro owner Goosey Fernandes and his family.
The attorney acting for the farm’s owners Camp 248 Sabie Park CC, SD Nel, said in a statement the Fernandes family and their movable property would be evicted from the farm shortly. He pointed out that the court had also granted an order forbidding the Fernandes family from ever setting foot on the property again after their eviction and asked the community to respect the legal process.
The eviction follows after the Fernandes family’s former company, Validtrade 59 (Pty) Ltd was liquidated. Camp 248 Sabie Park bought the land and sold part of it back to the Fernandes’ new company Naxxi Trading.
However, the new owners applied for an urgent eviction order against the family after Goosey and his son Justin alleged shot game belonging to the owners without permission and fed it to their predators.
Goosey Fernandes will appear in the Groblersdal magistrates’ court again on 16 November on a charge of illegal hunting.
Nel said the family’s “illegal hunting activities” was costing the land owners R10 000 a day in penalties because it was impossible to unload a consignment of rare game worth millions of Rand on the land.
“The sales agreement was cancelled because the Fernandes family could not provide guarantees. …The cancellation was validated by the High Court in Pretoria and the SCA,” Nel said.
The owners of neighbouring farms supported the eviction because a game fence was breached for an illegal road across several neighbouring farms, he added.
Nel stressed that Jumaro’s predators fell under the control of Valid trade’s liquidators and had been sold to a third party to cover its debts.
“It is a pity that the Fernandes family misled the public on social media to believe that they are still the owners of the predators. They alleged … the predators will be hunted to inflame emotions.
“In reality, the new buyer has a much bigger facility for the animals and no form of hunting takes place. The new owner also has the money to feed the animals,” Nel said.
The park first made headlines in 2010 when its most famous resident, Panjo the Tiger, went missing while being transported to a vet, but was later found. Panjo was one of the predators sold in the liquidation.