News24

Guard kills self during firearm training

2012-04-13 22:28

Johannesburg - A security guard shot and killed himself during a firearm training session in Nelspruit on Friday, Mpumalanga police said.

Colonel Leonard Hlathi said Samuel Mathebula, 44, was employed by the Galant Security Company.

"Mathebula apparently mishandled a firearm and a shot went off, killing him instantly."

Police appealed to all organisations to make sure only qualified and skilled employees were put in charge of firearms training.

Comments
  • Garth - 2012-04-14 01:02

    Well if he was that incompetent with a firearm, better he shot himself rather than someone else

      Ntando - 2012-04-14 03:56

      Trainee was also incompetent

      Ntando - 2012-04-14 03:57

      Trainor was also incompetent

      Ian - 2012-04-14 16:39

      There was always a joke that security people were given a gun and 6 months later they were given the firing pin! now we know why......

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-04-14 04:10

    Epic fail !

  • Jayson - 2012-04-14 05:55

    Sad. But he totally secures himself a place in the next annual Darwin awards.

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-04-14 06:12

    @NTANDO....... TRAINER

  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-14 06:51

    Theory training is provided and has to be passed before going out into the fierld/onto the range before practical is done! Who is to blame idiot security company. It's no wonder "the others allways got away" when incidents occur or if/when the guards are so easily apprehended !? Their training is done so quickly to just get them into the field and hired out for the company to start making money money the roit if all evil - Condolences to the family.

      Marion - 2012-04-14 16:59

      Agreed Sean. I think a lot of security guards will just take a walk when they see a crime being committed because they haven't been trained correctly and, as a result, are scared witless. Sincere condolences to his family.

  • Mewik - 2012-04-14 08:18

    I assume this means he failed the test?

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-04-14 08:36

    Survival of the fittest, you were the weakest link...

  • Henry - 2012-04-14 08:37

    Mi condolenses to the family of this guard. Accidents happen at anytime. It's up to the trainers now to qualify people to carefully handle lethal equipments, like fire arms. 1 life lost is too many.

  • Henry - 2012-04-14 08:37

    Mi condolenses to the family of this guard. Accidents happen at anytime. It's up to the trainers now to qualify people to carefully handle lethal equipments, like fire arms. 1 life lost is too many.

  • Den - 2012-04-14 08:42

    shame could easily have been an aspiring police officer with those skills, best arm them with rocks and sticks.

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-04-14 09:05

    May the man RIP, his family heal and people learn from his experience that guns just arent to be taken lightly. I just wonder how it could have ever happened to an unsuicidal handler. Especially if death was 'instant'. Wish News24 had said.

  • lytteot7 - 2012-04-14 13:28

    And criminals are masters in handling guns. Crazy world indeed.

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