A 47-year-old farm owner from Letsitele was expected to appear in the Ritavi Magistrate’s Court on a charge of attempted murder earlier today (Friday) after allegedly shooting a farm worker in the head with a pellet gun when reportedly mistaking him for a monkey on Wednesday.
Provincial Police Corporate Communications Head Motlafela Mojapelo said the 55-year-old farm worker, Ishmael Mathanene is recuperating in hospital. “It is alleged that Mathanene was asked by his foreman to collect a pick from a storeroom on the farm when the incident happened. He was riding on a bicycle and on his way back he was shot in the head. He was taken to hospital for treatment,” Mojapelo said.
The gun used in the incident was confiscated by Police.
Provincial Police Commissioner Nneke Ledwaba was quoted in a press release condemning the incident and warned gun owners to identify their targets properly before pulling the trigger. “I want to issue a strong warning to anyone with the tendency of shooting at human beings believed to be animals that the Police will act swiftly in arresting them,” Ledwana said.
Story: RC Myburgh