Limpopo farmworker shot dead by hunters

2017-02-12 22:11
(File, News24)

(File, News24)

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

Polokwane - A farm worker in his twenties was killed when two hunters mistook him for an animal, Limpopo police said on Sunday.

Spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the man and woman from Pretoria were hunting for warthogs at Meisiesvlei Farm, near Tuinplaas in the bushveld, at around 20:30 on Saturday when they heard movement.

The man shot in the direction of the noise and when he and his female hunting partner went to check on their kill, they found a man lying on the ground.

He did not survive the shooting.

Mojapelo said the hunters reported the shooting of the farmworker to the police, and were allowed to go back home to Pretoria afterwards.

It emerged that the man killed worked at a neighbouring farm, but his next of kin were still being traced so his name would not be made public until then.

Mojapelo said the provincial police commissioner was told about the shooting, and he asked to see the paperwork for the culpable homicide case that was opened.

Mojapelo said the charge could be changed to murder.

He said the couple was not detained for the 48 hours that the law permits before a matter is taken to court for a first appearance, because they can be contacted and asked to return for a court appearance when a final decision on which charge to go to court with has been taken.

The firearm used was taken away to be examined by ballistics.

Read more on:    polokwane

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

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
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.