Free State farmworker killed by lion

2011-12-06 16:45

Bloemfontein - A lion has killed a contract worker on a Free State farm, police said on Tuesday.

Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said the attack happened on the farm Leeubank near Villiers around 21:00 on Monday.

Police said the man from KwaZulu-Natal had left a house on the farm to fetch water from an outside tap when the lion pounced.

The worker appeared to have been killed when the animal struck.

Mophiring said the farm owner shot and killed the lion, which had apparently slipped out of its enclosure on the farm.

How the lion managed to escape would form part of the investigation into the matter, Mophiring said.

  • Go - 2011-12-06 16:51

    "The worker appeared to have been killed when the animal struck" ?? Seriously news24 ??, one would think that when a lion attacks the person and he is found dead with bite marks, it would not appear to be so but rather would be so !!

      Jambles - 2011-12-06 17:44

      Lets not make assumptions here... What if he was murdered before the lion struck and then fed to the lion?

      James - 2011-12-06 19:14

      Negligent worker leaves door ajar. Lion and worker suffers.

      Go - 2011-12-07 07:43

      @jambles - lol, ja lions are like that, they wait for a murder to take place and then go chow down !!! lol

  • Theresa - 2011-12-06 16:54

    Why must the animals always be shot? It was just following it's instinct to hunt.

      Go - 2011-12-06 16:57

      @Theresa -because they will attack again. wish the government would apply this same rule to human murderers and rapists in the country .

      sefeddt - 2011-12-06 17:37

      Lions have a natural fear of humans, once that fear is lost they will attack anyone.

      kobie.nel1 - 2011-12-06 19:25

      Theresa, send your tellephone number to the lion farmers so they can get you to put the lions back behind the fences.

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-07 06:13

      Why is farming lions for the canned hunting industry still allowed? All the lions should be shot or removed, there is just something obscene about this industry. (How do I know these are for the industry - well I just do, ok)

  • Larry - 2011-12-06 16:58

    Someone was very careless and is sure to face serious consequences. Blody hell, what kind of enclosure was it in?

      Sidima - 2011-12-06 17:00

      how does an animal of that size "slip" under the fence? was this guy taunting the animal?

      John - 2011-12-07 08:12

      We might find that the enclosure was nationalized by the local population, hence the lion roaming free ........

  • Lorenzo - 2011-12-06 16:59

    RIP sir, Thoughts goes to your family. The lion however did what lions do, they hunt! So why was the fences etc not secured?

  • Piet - 2011-12-06 17:05

    Poor lion!

      Shirley - 2011-12-06 18:30

      I agree. Humans take wild animals out their natural surroundings a nd when the animal does what comes naturally it gets put down.People should not be allowed to keep animals like this!

  • Piet - 2011-12-06 17:08

    Poor Lion...

  • Ibhubesi - 2011-12-06 17:11

    Animals belong in the wild, not on farms to breed hunting trophies! This practice should be stopped!

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-07 06:15


  • les.cunningham1 - 2011-12-06 17:17

    @Go, I agree with your comment big time What bad reporting. Get it right News 24. Also, what the hell is a lion doing in an enclosure on a farm near Villiers??

      PaasHaas - 2011-12-06 17:24

      Canned lion hunt breeding / hunting farm.

  • PaasHaas - 2011-12-06 17:26

    Shut the place down and make the owner pay the family of this poor guy millions.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-06 17:49

    Again an animal is killed for doing what it deems natural. It is a WILD animal and the farmer is the culprit not the animal Whenever things like this happen its the animal that gets put down. If it "appeared" that the man was killed by the lon shouldnt they have investigated further before putting the lion down?

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-07 00:51

      I agree. But this practice of breeding hunting trophies on farms should be stopped. This man had to pay with his life because a lion belongs in the wild and not in a cage or enclosure. Why is this allowed?

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-12-06 18:21

    Why did the farm owner allow the lion to walk around knowing that his workers dont stay behind high wall like him?

      Shirley - 2011-12-06 18:28

      Well if you read the article it was supposed to be in a cage!

      Irene - 2011-12-06 18:42

      Polydonkey, what part of 'ENCLOSURE' don't you understand?

      Keith - 2011-12-06 20:12

      Maybe the lion was out having a few beers with his mates, you never know what they get up to these days

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-06 18:32

    Shame what happened sad. why is it the farmer's fault already? unless if he was high on some drugs you can't blame him without knowing the full facts- what if the enclosure was left open by one of the other workers? 'm saying what if? condolences to the family

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-12-06 18:51

    Sounds like a good way to secure farms in SA. Have lions on duty.

      Maai - 2011-12-06 19:00

      Agreed. And some snakes. And frogs and chameleons.

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-12-06 18:59

    ..and another beautiful animals pays the ultimate price for being itself...wild. The crunchy farmer needs a PK for doing what he basically loves to do anyway...shoot defenceless wild animals for his own enjoyment. Chop.

  • Calvin_Katlego_Nkalane - 2011-12-06 19:10

    I will really appreciate it if more people show a sense of remours about death and condolences to the Family. It is so unfortunate it happened that the Lion was not on captivity which is something that really need a lot of serious investigations to know exactly what happened. I feel strongly about what happened as a person who also work in a Lions Park. Just to remind and inform readers: Lions are "EXTINCT" in the Kalahari meaning we need to breed this Lions. But we can't really rely on main stream media only instead we really need to look deep and a lot of investigation need to take place coz from how i know the enclosure chances are slim or should i say not there to have ancidents like this. We usually have three (3) Gates and two (2) Fences meaning if it went out it was suppossed to be on the last fence instead. Still puzzled what exactly happened.........just wondering really......!!!!

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-07 06:20

      Been to Kgalagadi (Kalahari) recently, saw plenty lions (extinct?)? No need to breed lions, there are still plenty in the wild. These are bred for canned hunting, there is nothing moral about lion breeders. Condolences to the poor oke who was killed.

  • Keighley-Ann - 2011-12-07 07:51

    Of course they killed the's a natural predator...dumb idiots! This is why we should not 'farm' wild animals and keep them enclosed for our entertainment.

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