Limpopo farmworker shot dead by hunters

2017-02-12 22:11
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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.


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