Legal gun owners in Limpopo have been warned to take proper care of their fire arms or face arrest.
This comes after a 30-year-old Zimbabwean national died after he shot himself with a darting gun.
Limpopo police spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo said three men were on the lookout for an escaped buffalo at a game farm in Saamboubrug, north of Lephalale, when a farm worker allegedly accidentally shot himself.
“He immediately started shivering and was rushed to a hospital in Polokwane where he later died due to the effect of the dart,” Mojapelo said.
It’s understood a buffalo escaped from its enclosure and strayed into the neighbouring farm, where the deceased was employed.
Mojapelo said, a game farmer, who is the owner of the animal, entered the neighbouring farm with one of his employees and asked the deceased to help them with their search.
“The game farmer allegedly handed over the darting gun to the deceased, even though he did not have the necessary license and training.”
The farmer will face culpable homicide charges and negligent handling of a firearm in contravention of Firearms Controls Act.