Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the incident happened on Friday when the farmer, one of the labourers on his own farm, and the deceased were looking for a buffalo that had escaped from the farm.
“The game farmer was allegedly accompanied by his 28-year-old employee, and both were then joined by the deceased. According to a preliminary report, the alleged freak accident happened when the deceased, a 30-year-old Zimbabwean, allegedly shot himself at about 9am while walking in the company of the two, tracking down the buffalo,” Mojapelo.
“He immediately started shivering and was rushed to a hospital in Polokwane, where he later died at about 12pm, apparently due to the effect of the animal-darting substance. The matter was then reported at Polokwane Police Station.”
The police investigation into the shooting was continuing.
Mojapelo said: “Legal gun owners are once again warned to always adhere to laws governing the handling of firearms, as the police will not hesitate to take strong actions against noncompliance.”
– African News Agency (ANA)