Boer foreman Jaco Kruger shot, injured on Namibia farm
24 December 2010 5 Comments
Dec 23 2010 WINDHOEK. Without saying a word a suspected black wildlife poacher shot and injured a South African citizen, farm-foreman Jaco Hendrik Jacobus Kruger on the German-owned farm Mbela near Hochfeld, Windhoek, Namibia. He is recovering after shrapnel was removed from his body at the Windhoek Catholic hospital. The bullet miraculously missed all the arteries, veins and bones.
The ‘poacher’ then roared away in a white Volkswagen Polo. The injured Boer is recovering in the Windhoek Catholic hospital. “I had left the homestead to drive to the cottages of the workers to investigate what I thought was a gun shot. I saw a white VW Polo parked near the intersection about 300 meters away, then I suddenly felt a tremendous impact and while driving on to the cottages I discovered that my shirt was blood-soaked,’ Kruger said. He was alone in the homestead at the time as his wife had left for Cape Town just a day earlier.
Dec 23 2010 WINDHOEK. Without saying a word a suspected black wildlife poacher shot and injured a South African citizen, farm-foreman ‘ Jaco ‘ Hendrik Jacobus Kruger on the German-owned farm Mbela near Hochfeld, Windhoek, Namibia. He is recovering after shrapnel was removed from his body at the Windhoek Catholic hospital. The bullet miraculously missed all the arteries, veins and bones. “I heard no shot but just felt a tremendous blow to my shoulder and then no pain. I drove to the farm house of an employer, and there I discovered a lot of blood on my shirt,” said 30-year-old Jaco Hendrik Jacobus Kruger, speaking from his bed at the Catholic Hospital in Windhoek.
“I do not remember exactly, but on Tuesday I left the homestead at Mbela at 19.30 , because I thought I had heard a shot,” said Kruger. When he arrived at the road junction of the C30 and D2147 public roads, he saw a white VW Polo parked about 300 meters from the crossing. Kruger stopped near the vehicle and got out of his car intending to go and speak to the driver, when he saw the black driver point a gun at him. “ I felt that I was hit and saw the car turning around and racing away,” said the young Boer who is employed as a farm manager on the farm Mbela for the company Kataneno Heiko Bindings . Kruger phoned the owners, Heini and Christa Binding, who rushed to give him first aid. Another farmer, neighbor Helma Lichtenberg and the Binding couple then took Mr Kruger to hospital.
Meanwhile, the police and neighbors were rapidly placing roadblocks and alerting residents to be on the lookout for a white VW Polo with an armed driver.
“The police reacted very quickly. Roadblocks were thrown up along the east-side of Windhoek and the roads were patrolled with many police officers, armed with automatic carbines. On the route between Omitara and Hosea Kutako airport, the police also set up a roadblock, ” said farm owner Heiko Binding. By 9pm the police were already on the crime scene conducting the forensic examination he said. Thus far no-one was arrested. Police suspect that the gunman is armed with a .22 rifle and may have found refuge in Gobabis near Windhoek. Meanwhile Kruger underwent surgery to remove the shrapnel. No bones were damaged and the bullet missed the arteries and nerves, the article reports: original in German on:
also: Poachers shooting at farmers now: http://sun.com.na/story/poachers-shooting-farmers-now