Farmworker dies after shooting himself with animal sedative

2017-11-27 11:49
Tranquiliser gun. (Carl de Souza/AFP)

Tranquiliser gun. (Carl de Souza/AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Polokwane – A farmworker died on Friday morning after he accidentally shot himself with a darting gun on a game farm near Saamboubrug, north of Lephalale, Limpopo police said on Monday.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the 30-year-old man was with a game farmer, 45, and another employee, 28, when the freak accident occurred.

ALSO READ: Family of man killed in 'warthog hunting accident' left destitute - DA

The men were allegedly tracking a buffalo which had escaped from its enclosure.

The man is believed to have shot himself after he was handed the gun by the farm owner shortly after 09:00, Mojapelo said in a statement.

Culpable homicide

"He immediately started shivering and was rushed to a hospital in Polokwane, where he later died... apparently due to the effect of the animal darting substance."

The man was of Zimbabwean descent.

ALSO READ: Bok player shot friend in the ankle by accident

Mojapelo said a case of culpable homicide had been opened against the farm owner for allegedly "handing over a dangerous weapon to the deceased that ultimately killed him". 

*This story has been updated to reflect a police correction that the charge of culpable homicide now relates to the handing over the gun, and not over the victim not being licensed to use the weapon. 

Read more on:    polokwane  |  accidents

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.