The owner of a wildlife park, Christa Saayman, was left in fear after 6 of her lions were butchered for their body parts. For the purpose of black magic rituals.
It is believed the animals were poisoned as poachers cut the heads and paws of these fully grown lions. This also included 2 cubs found at the Mystic Monkeys & Feathers Wildlife Park, North Pretoria, the capital of South Africa.
Christa Saayman who is 55 years old, said:
“It was cruel, inhumane and devastating. I don’t have words to describe how I feel. I am so sad. What we woke up to here was just dreadful.”
“…Just as we thought we were playing our part in the conservation and awareness and protection of these animals then you have people who come and do this to them.”
The offenders are being searched for with a $19,776 reward for anyone with information of their whereabouts.
During investigation, one of the suspect’s backpack was identified to be an employee’s who has gone missing since this event.
Christa said she never connected the incident (Church members find skeleton of woman in prophet’s prayer room) at all with the lions.
“It was only when the worker in charge of feeding the lions shouted in shock around 7am after discovering the carcass of the battered lions in their compounds.
You cannot imagine the gruesomeness of the scene. I had the workers take their bodies and burn the remains that afternoon. It was the saddest day of my life.”
The Police Service investigating, said the suspects threw chickens heavily laced with poison over the electric fences to kill the six lions.
Christa said: “None of the fences was cut and they bypassed the electric fences so I am convinced it is an inside job but our security company has a lot of information.”
A traditional healer from Limpopo who withheld her name said; “the lion body parts are used to make strong “muti” which is a witchcraft potion to cast spells.
This can be used to protect a person from illness or to make them strong or virile.
It can be used by a person to scare their enemies or protect them from attack or the potions can be made to make a person strong or respected or feared by others.”