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07 August 2011 at 20:04 - Posted by Anonymous

Hunter killed while with tourists


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A professional Johannesburg game hunter was shot dead in a robbery while leading American tourists on an expedition in Mpumalanga, police spokesman Captain Leonard Hlathi said on Saturday.

The hunter, 27, from Fourways, arrived at a guest house near White River on Friday night at 7pm.

The man was accompanied by his wife and a father and son from the US, that he had taken on a hunting Safari.

The group were returning from their trip and booked in at a guest house seven kilometres away from White River.

“The husband and wife were unpacking bags from vehicles. A man emerged from the bushes and followed them to their room.

“As they entered the room, without saying a word the suspect fired a shot. He shot him in the chest and took the wife's bag and ran. The man died on the scene,” said Hlathi.

“The father and son were not witnesses. They were already in their rooms and did not see or hear anything. There were told afterwards and they were very shocked. These people had already finished with the Safari and they have a flight home next week,” said Hlathi

No arrests were made as yet.

Hazyview DA councillor Ken Robertson called on provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Thulani Ntombela, to step up police action in an area he described as, “plagued by criminal activity”.

“While the DA regrets such a tragic loss of life, we would also like to express our concern over the damage incidents such as this cause the reputation of South Africa as a tourist destination,” he said.

Hlathi defended police work in the area.

“Since the General's arrival crime has decreased tremendously through strategies he brought into the province.

“People can see for themselves in the statistics. Visible policing is now considerable and people can see for themselves,” he said.

Hlathi added that “security is not only about police”.

“We have been making a call that people must also hire the services of private security guards at their premises,” he said.

Hlathi appealed to anyone with information to visit their nearest police station. - Sapa

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