Pta doctor killed at quarry

2004-12-14 09:39

Pretoria - A popular medical doctor from Pretoria and member of the faculty of medicine at the University of Pretoria was shot dead under mysterious circumstances on the Cullinan road near Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, on Monday afternoon.

Police confirmed on Monday night that the only item stolen was his wallet.

Professor Hanno Boon, 34, from Slachtersnek Street in Waverley is survived by his wife, Sietske, and three children, Germien, who will be turning six on Saturday, Julia, 4, and son, Joel, 2. Sietske is expecting the couple's fourth child.

Hanno's father, professor Hans Boon, director of distance education at the University of Pretoria, said his son has been a doctor at Mamelodi Hospital for more than five years.

Although the circumstances of Monday's tragedy are not yet clear, it seems as if Hanno and one of his employees were overpowered on the Cullinan road about 14:00. They were picking up stones for building purposes from the Mamelodi quarry.

'Blatant murder'

"Two men confronted them," a shocked Boon senior said on Monday night. "He (Hanno) asked them not to shoot, but they fired."

Captain Piletje Sebola for police confirmed the murder and said police were searching for a suspect. He said Hanno begged his killer not to shoot him.

Boon senior said the employee, known only as Johannes, fled at that stage and went in search of help.

Sietske and her father became suspicious when they could not get hold of Hanno and went searching for him. When they arrived at the quarry, there were already several police officers around his bleeding body.

"It was blatant murder," Boon said on Monday night. "Hanno spent days and nights at Mamelodi Hospital and helped so many people there.

"Unfortunately, this is part of the society we live in - this is a terrible shock, but it is now in the hands of the Lord," Boon said.

Hanno was also a member of the medical school at the University of Pretoria and professor Callie Pistorius, chancellor, said on Monday evening that Hanno Boon was "one of the rising young stars" at the university. He recently received several awards for innovation in education.

"His death is an absolute tragedy - not just for the university, but for the entire country."

Sebola said no arrests have been made.