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South Africa using elephant contraceptives - 21 Feb 09

In South Africa, there are 18,000 elephants spread out over 80 game parks.

But as the population continues to grow, they're leaving chaos in their wake - land is being destroyed and there's growing tension with local communities.

Haru Mutasa has been to Limpopo Province, where they're using contraception to stop a different kind of population explosion.

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The Namibian Newspaper: "THE High Court yesterday ordered the immediate release of a 12-year-old boy who became Namibia's youngest sentenced prison inmate after receiving a six-month jail term for housebreaking and theft at Karasburg in October.

In a review judgement handed down by Judge Elton Hoff, Acting Judge Claus Hinrichsen set aside the boy's conviction and sentence and ordered his immediate release from detention.

Judge Hoff agreed with Acting Judge Hinrichsen's decision, which was based on the principle that a child as young as the boy is presumed not to be criminally liable, especially where he had been involved in a crime while under the influence and instructions of a much older person.
The boy was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on October 19, after he had been convicted in the Karasburg Magistrate's Court on a charge of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft."