Man fights crocodile with panga

2012-02-25 12:10

Johannesburg - A Tzaneen field ranger may lose his leg after saving a colleague from the jaws of a crocodile, according to a report on Saturday.

"I heard terrible screaming," recalled Norman Chiwawu, 27, who jumped into the Mogalakwena River on Monday afternoon after spotting his colleague, only known as Knowledge, being thrashed around in the water.

He attacked the reptile with a panga and it let go of the man, reported Beeld newspaper.

But it then turned on Chiwawu.

"I was on my way back to the river bank, when I heard a 'click' sound, as the crocodile put its jaws around my leg."

Chiwawu managed to hold on to a reed with one hand and pushed the crocodile away with his other hand, before pulling himself onto an island. He tried to stop the bleeding on his leg with his T-shirt.

By that time, workers had called one of the directors of the Mogalakwena Nature Reserve, Christiaan Coetsee, who ventured into the river himself with a shotgun and swam out with Chiwawu on his back.

"People say I am a hero, but I am a hero who may lose his leg," Chiwawu said from the Tzaneen Medi-Clinic.

  • JasonEye - 2012-02-25 12:18

    Still a Hero! leg or no leg! be proud of your actions!

      Jeeves - 2012-02-25 12:21

      Yeah, very brave guy!

      Graham - 2012-02-25 13:03

      You are a great hero - South Africa is lucky to have so many heroes. Well done and I hope your leg recovers and you get a well deserved rest the next few weeks...

      Tiens_van_Greuning - 2012-02-25 15:30

      A whole case of Bells, methinks...

      thelittlegreenhouse - 2012-02-25 16:31

      We could do with more of this sort of courage.

      Putin the " - 2012-02-25 17:05

      Ohh boetie, "gabo lefiega ga go lliwe",

  • Gareth - 2012-02-25 12:28

    Knowledge is the real winner at the end of the day :P Well done Norman!

  • smanyique - 2012-02-25 12:37

    I'm from Tzaneen & this is not the first time it has happened.There was an incident similar to this in October last year.

  • Leon - 2012-02-25 12:42

    What was Knowledge doing in or close to a river known to be fairly well populated with crocs?

  • Johan - 2012-02-25 13:16

    I do hope his leg can be saved! He has risked his life for another!

  • Den - 2012-02-25 13:18

    poor croc

      Glyn - 2012-02-25 13:59

      The croc got the chop!

  • Mandu Ngcobo - 2012-02-25 13:19

    Give that man a bells!

  • Elizabeth - 2012-02-25 13:21

    no news on the other guy Knowledge - what happened to him is he alive

  • Glyn - 2012-02-25 13:57

    There are still heros around! The Panga-man has returned!

  • Morne - 2012-02-25 14:37

    Brave man!

  • Multi - 2012-02-25 21:55

    That man's nuts must have an effect on the tides! Kudos to you bra!

  • Hugo - 2012-02-25 23:02

    yes you are,so is Coetsee

  • Cilla - 2012-02-26 07:38

    What a hero. Well done and God bless.

  • Trudy - 2012-02-26 11:54

    Norman and Christiaan are both heroes.

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