No SA ban for ‘hardcore huntress’

Melissa Bachman poses by the lion she killed in South Africa. She posted the photo on her facebook page, stating, "Hunting at the Maroi Conservancy with an amazing PH, Julious Heyneke."

People cannot be banned from entering South Africa because residents are angry at them, the Department of Home Affairs said yesterday, following calls to prohibit “hardcore huntress” Melissa Bachman.

Speaking to The Citizen, the department’s deputy director general of communication Ronnie Mamoepa said regardless of an online petition to ban Bachman from the country, no one could be barred for partaking in any legal activities.

“The group calling for the ban has to direct their petition to the department’s director-general, and not just put it on the Internet,” said Mamoepa.

Close to 250 000 people had signed the petition by yesterday afternoon.

Bachman sparked national and international outrage after she posted pictures of herself with a dead lion on her Facebook page with the caption: “An incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion. What a hunt!”

Her public page boasts a number of pictures of other dead animals that she has hunted.

Bachman’s latest hunt took place on private land belonging to Maroi Conservancy in Limpopo recently.

Confederation of Hunters Associations of SA chairman Stephen Palos told The Citizen that controlled and regulated hunting remained critical to the economy, with R8 billion generated by the industry annually.

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