Farmworker dies after shooting himself with animal sedative

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.

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.

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.

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