Tracking down wild animal ended in a freak incident
A case of culpable homicide will be opened against the game farmer who allegedly handed over darting gun to unlicensed farmworker who shot himself and later died in hospital.
The freak incident happened at Saamboubrug Game Farm north of Lephalale, Limpopo on Friday.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said a possible charge under the Firearm Controls Act will be opened against the farmer on Monday.
“Legal gun owners are once again warned to always adhere to laws governing the handling of firearms as the police will not hesitate to take strong actions against non-compliance,” said Mojapelo.
A 30-year-old Zimbabwean national was rushed to a hospital in Polokwane where he later succumbed to death due to the effect of animal darting substance
Mojapelo said police have opened an inquest docket.
It is alleged the incident happened after a buffalo escaped from its enclosure and strayed into the neighbouring farm where the deceased was employed.
“A 45-year-old game farmer, who is the owner of the animal entered this farm, searching for it. He was allegedly accompanied by his 28-year-old employee and both were joined by the deceased,” said Mojapelo.
Mojapelo said preliminary report indicate that the alleged freak accident happened when the deceased allegedly shot himself while walking in the company of the two, tracking down the buffalo.
Police investigations into the circumstances of the shooting are continuing.