Doctor killed by buffalo in front of son

2012-01-18 08:20

Johannesburg - A Pretoria doctor died in front of his son on Tuesday morning when a buffalo attacked him on his game farm.

Willie Cronjé, 44, who had a medical practice in Queenswood, was also a part-time game farmer.

He and his son, Willem, 18, were on his game farm Uitkyk, about 20km from Boshof in the Free State, when the tragedy occurred.

A local vet had sedated two buffaloes in order to do blood tests before the animals were to be sold.

Tried to close gate

Beeld columnist Blou Willem Theron from Pretoria, a friend of the family, said one of the buffaloes woke up in the boma and stormed at Cronjé.

Cronjé apparently wanted to close a gate in the boma to stop the buffalo from going into the wrong pen.

He died on the scene.

Theron said Cronjé had been a well-known and popular doctor in Polokwane, Limpopo, before moving to Pretoria two years ago.

“We have lost a big man. It is very difficult and sad for the family,” said Theron.

Cronjé also leaves his wife Liesl, daughter Elisma, 16, and his parents Willie and Cora Cronjé.

An inquest will be held.

  • madsipho - 2012-01-18 09:01

    My condolonces to the family..

      madsipho - 2012-01-23 07:57

      Then why thumbs down? C'mon people!

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-18 09:01

    My condolences to the family. Buffaloes are very aggressive and dangerous animals and no matter how careful you are sometimes things just go bad.

  • Mashudu - 2012-01-18 09:09

    Deepest condolences to the family!

  • dooskop - 2012-01-18 09:16

    He has gone on his next journey.. TRAGIC!!!! condolences to his loved ones'

  • Sechaba - 2012-01-18 09:22

    this is sad, may his soul rest in peace

  • Esperanca - 2012-01-18 09:23

    Very sad :-(.

  • Setshwaelo - 2012-01-18 09:34

    My condolenses to the whole family. A promised life just taken away by an animal. I will include you in my daily prayers. God be with you. AMEN

  • Sean - 2012-01-18 09:35

    My sincere condolences to the family!

  • Michael - 2012-01-18 09:45

    A very tragic incident. One could perhaps ask if the dosage from the vet was sufficient. I am sure it was, so perhaps he stayed in the boma too long. Condolences to the family.

  • Vanessa - 2012-01-18 09:47

    So sorry, he obviously loved animals and we need him here on earth to help us protect them..

  • paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-18 09:47

    Condolences to the family and may his soul rest in peace.

  • Hannetjie - 2012-01-18 09:52

    What a tradegy. It again points to the fact that wild animals must be treated with the necessary caution as they remain wild and will attack if circumstances make them feel threatened. Thoughts go out to the family.

  • Jay - 2012-01-18 10:05

    Condolences to the family!

  • Pieter Olivier - 2012-01-18 10:17

    Willie, jy was 'n regte inspirasie vir my en baie ander wat saam met jou skool begin het in 1974

  • Burtfred - 2012-01-18 10:20

    Cape buffalo are extremely dangerous animals. They are bovine and might appear to be quite sedate, but they will have no hesitation in charging and goring anyone who gets too close. Very sad for the family of this doctor.

  • Shannon - 2012-01-18 10:52

    Sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues. We too have recently mourned the loss of a friend and fellow guide who passed from an identical tragedy in the bush. May they find peace with time and the support from family and friends.

  • Shannon - 2012-01-18 10:53

    and to the people who thumbs down condolence messages... i will just never understand you reasoning :(

      PickedAllMyWeeds - 2012-01-18 12:31

      Don't even try - they simply have no reasoning!

      Newsreader - 2012-01-18 12:39

      My deepest sympathies for the family and God be with them for comfort. It is a tragic loss. As for the thumbs downers and the idiot below.... its just the affirmative action behind a keyboard.

      Gideon - 2012-01-18 13:25

      They are called trolls: an immature bunch of internet trawlers hiding behind anonymity causing random havoc with normal people. Best is to ignore them and carry on, paying them any attention just encourages them.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-01-18 21:40

      It happened to me on the Kotze story. I said that if Kotze is a monster then what about the people that murdered the Freestate family and then later on decided to put a bullet into the back of the head of their three year old...and I got 89 thumbsdown. Sick morons that troll news24.

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-19 13:59

      Don't lose your sleep over it Shannon, must be silly trolls wanting to annoy a person a daily basis - condolences to the family, and is the young man receiving counselling.

  • Gideon - 2012-01-18 13:19

    Sad, sad, sad! Condolences and "sterkte!" to the family, at least he was living a passion of his, not many people can say the same.

  • Hendrik - 2012-01-18 13:57

    Any death is a sad event and one 'feels' for the family and loved ones but the question needs to be asked. So many Mediacl Doctors dabble with "other passtimes" that I sometimes question if they are perhaps "the other" and only part time doctors? They try to be farmers, game farmers, game rangers, politicians, property developers etc. Does a medical doctor not make enough money, does the need for more money drive them to these "extra mural activities"? I might be biased/bitter as some 10 years ago I lost a loved one partially because of a medical doctor that was more involved with his game farm than his patients.

      Gideon - 2012-01-18 14:38

      They have hobbies, just like everybody else. I don't think it was about money. Some people are businessmen, but they hunt over weekends. Others play golf, other are involved with game farming, others flyfish. You can't generalize that it's just doctors, I have hobbies that could be considered "risky" in some respects, and I don't have a MBChB.

      Jan Cronje - 2014-03-30 00:21

      hjs you idiot, please keep your uneducated, uninformed and simply idiotic comments to yourself and go see a movie or something

      Johan van Niekerk - 2014-03-30 00:56

      Thats right HJS, he most probably deserved this, due to his extramural activities and interest in things other than being a 24h/day medical doctor to your peck and call. I'm sure his 18 year old son is grieved by his father's selfishness of daring to be anything else than a white-coat sitting at his practice waiting to treat a patient. This should be a wake-up call to anyone who dares to do anything outside of their formal training. Idiots like HJS are just waiting to leave their rediculius comments. Why don't you call De Broglio attorneys to f#€k up this horrible idiot doctor who dared to have a life outside of medicine, which he obviously persued out of greed… that way you can keep your insensitive comments for yourself… did you ever think that his family would be reading your nonsense? It's not often in life that one comes across a self consumed moron the likes of yourself…

  • Liesl - 2012-01-18 15:13

    Dr. willie, jy was altyd so vriendelike dokter en buurman, my grootste simpatie aan die familie...

  • Terrence - 2012-01-18 15:22

    My sympathies to Dr.Cronje's family. Such an injustice. All those years of studying and sacrifice to get where he was , gone in a heartbeat.Sucks.

  • Buti - 2012-01-18 16:07

    It increase my believe that baffaloe is one of the big 5 aggresive animal in the world. Very sad story to the Doctor.

  • danica.moll - 2012-01-20 12:06

    Willie, I sometimes wonder why and how this happend? I miss you so much and my heart feels ripped. I try to reason this out in my head, but my heart is blocking out all reasonability. I wish this was a dream and all of us would just wake up and that you'd still be here. You have been THE BESTE FRIEND I could have, always there, eager to help, loving and caring. I surely am going to miss your visit's at the office, and I surely already miss you name on my phone. Love you my dearest friend, and miss you UNSPEAKABLY...

  • Msika - 2012-05-07 16:19

    Must have been a black buffalo. Condolences to the deceased's family.

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