UPDATE: Lion mauling case in Hoedspruit takes a turn

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New information has come in that the man mauled to death by lions on a game reserve close to Hoedspruit is believed to be a poacher and not a farm worker.

The incident occurred on Friday, February 9. The half-eaten lifeless body of a man was recovered on Ingwelala reserve. Initial reports suggested that the man was a farm worker.

However, Limpopo Police spokesperson, Maotshe Ngoepe, says the farm worker who was believed to have been killed was subsequently found alive. As per the original report, the tractor he was driving did indeed break down but he managed to walk to the compound safely.

Read: HOEDSPRUIT: Man (46) mauled to death by lions

The body is now believed to be that of a poacher as it is reported that a hunting rifle was found close to the scene. Unconfirmed reports suggest that a panga was also found close by.

Ngoepe reports, “the process of identifying the deceased has already commenced and it might be made possible by the fact that his head is among the remains that were found at the scene.”

Read: Rhino warrior gored by elephant in Hoedspruit

Police investigations are still continuing.

Beth Coetzee

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