Boer foreman Jaco Kruger shot, injured on Namibia farm

Jaco Hendrik Jacobus Kruger, 30, Afrikaner farm-foreman shot, injured on Namibian farm Mbela near Hochfeld, Windhoek

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. 

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Kruger Jaco Namibian farm foreman shot in ambush Dec23 2010 SA citizen

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.

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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:

http://www.az.com.na/polizei-und-gericht/von-wilderern-angeschossen.119259.php

also: Poachers shooting at farmers now:  http://sun.com.na/story/poachers-shooting-farmers-now

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

5 Responses to Boer foreman Jaco Kruger shot, injured on Namibia farm

  1. Hendrik says:

    This guy admitted a week later that he lied about this. Its guys like this that give Afrikaners a bad name!

  2. HE LIED —
    FARM manager Jaco Kruger may have landed himself in serious trouble with the police by claiming that he was shot by poachers and sending the police on a wild goose chase.Commissioner of the Khomas Region Samuel Hoëbeb yesterday described the reported case of attempted murder on the Mbela farm in the Hochfeld area as unfound and misleading. Kruger deliberately made a false statement to the Police, wasting valuable time and resources and will thus be dealt with according to the law, said // Hoëbeb. Deputy Commissioner Andreas Nelumbu added that the case will be further investigated to determine the course of action. Kruger’s fire-arm has also been confiscated for investigation purposes.
    Kruger claimed that he was shot and wounded by poachers on the Mbela farm where he is employed as a farm manager. Senior officers and detectives were despatched to Gobabis, Okahandja and Hochfeld to investigate and to arrest the “would-be offender”, but a thorough investigation by the police lead to Kruger eventually spilling the beans.
    Apparently Kruger was under the influence of alcohol and wanted to hunt for some guinea fowl on foot. He climbed through one of the fences of the farm and when he placed the .22 calibre rifle on the ground, a shot went off, hitting Kruger in his upper left shoulder.
    Kruger was released from the hospital on 23 December and returned to the farm. The following day, police returned to look for the scene of the shooting but could not find it and eventually Kruger came clean. Kruger blamed the whole ordeal on the shock he felt after the shooting.
    Meanwhile //Hoëbeb said that the Police were tasked to conduct farm patrols and mobile road blocks in order to prevent and detect stock theft and illegal hunting during Christmas time, but no incidents have been reported.
    Author: Ellanie Smit http://www.namibiansun.com/story/farm-manager-hot-water-over-false-shooting-claim

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