Man dies as scarf gets tangled in machine

2013-06-25 08:36

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Bloemfontein - A Free State man died in a freak accident when his scarf apparently got tangled up in some farming equipment.

The department of labour said it would investigate the death of Lefu Motshweneng, 25, who died on the farm of Plasie van Rensburg near Frankfort, reported Volksblad.

It is thought that the scarf became tangled in the driving shaft of a farm machine Motshweneng was operating while offloading mealies.

“We will leave no stone unturned in trying to find out what caused the death of the young worker,” said provincial labour department spokesperson Marsha Bronkhorst.

“One death is one too many,” said Bronkhorst.

A police spokesperson said a fellow farmworker became worried when Motshweneng seemed to go missing and went looking for him. He found his body at the driving shaft.

It appeared that he was climbing over the machine when his scarf became tangled up in the shaft.

Motshweneng’s wife is said to be devastated. He also leaves a 2-month-old baby, his parents and five siblings.  

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