De Beers sued by breeder over Sable's pedigree
A game breeding close corporation is suing De Beers for damages of R7.3m after it emerged that a Sable antelope it bought from the corporate giant didn’t have the DNA it thought. Volksblad reports that Hatari Game Breeders bought the five-year-old bull, Lusaka, at an auction in Klerksdorp for R290 000 in 2015.
Hatari alleges that the impression was created that Lusaka had the DNA of the Inglewood breed, but it later emerged that the bull’s parent was actually a Sable-cross called Zorro.
Hatari says in papers filed in the Northern Cape High Court that descendants of Inglewood are sought-after and expensive.
Hatari bought Lusaka to breed with 20 cows and sold the offspring to another company for R9m on condition that DNA tests show Inglewood blood was in the offspring.
The sale was cancelled when the mistake emerged. This caused Hatari to suffer damages of R7.3m and reputational damage in the industry, the breeder alleges.
De Beers filed a notice of intention to oppose the claim.
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