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60 year old man killed by elephants at Xhaoga settlement near Shakawe

60 year old man killed by elephants at Xhaoga settlement near Shakawe
January 29
11:47 2018


The Shakawe Police Station is investigating an incident where a 60 year old man was killed by a herd of elephants at Xhaoga settlement, 10 kilometres outside Shakawe.

The deceased left home to look for his cattle when he met his demise. Shakawe Police Station commander, Superintendent Goitsemodimo Molapisi told the Global Post in an interview that the deceased’s family thought he had gone to the cattle post when he did not come back home. Upon realising that he had in fact had not gone to the cattle post, the family reported the deceased as missing. This triggered a search in an effort to find him.

“After a few days of intensive search, the deceased’s decomposing body was discovered buried in a shallow grave,” explained Molapisi. The deceased is suspected to have been attacked by a herd of as the search party discovered elephants foot prints at the scene. Molapisi urged members of the public living in Shakawe and its environs to always exercise caution as the area is prone to wild animals which roam the area searching for water.

Meanwhile, a 14 year old girl was bitten to death by a cobra in Selebi Phikwe. The deceased, a Makhubu Junior Secondary School student was attacked by the snake while sleeping in the room which she shared with her younger sister. Superintendent Victor Nlebesi of the Selebi Phikwe Police Station confirmed the incident. “We received a report that a teenager had been bitten by a cobra at her home. She was rushed to Selebi Phikwe government hospital where she was later referred to Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital where she died.”

Nlebesi says they killed the snake. He advised the public to be cautious, especially in summer, as snakes sneak into houses to keep away from extremely hot conditions outside.

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