Woman, 27, dies in shoot­ing

The Rep - - NEWS - – Rep re­porter

A 27-YEAR-old woman was shot dead, al­legedly af­ter a pro­fes­sional hunter fell and dropped his firearm on Hun­ter­shill, a game farm in the Ko­mani district, on Sun­day.

The woman, Tem­bisa Kula, was walk­ing some dis­tance away when she was hit by the bul­let. She died on the scene.

Hun­ter­shill owner Greg Har­vey said Kula had worked on the farm for more than 10 years. The 24-year-old pro­fes­sional hunter, who was also em­ployed on the farm, had been ex­it­ing a lodge when he tripped and fell, drop­ping the gun which dis­charged. Har­vey said the man had been ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal in a se­vere state of shock. He was re­ceiv­ing psy­chi­atric coun­sel­ing this week.

He ex­pressed sad­ness and shock at the tragedy and said the man­age­ment was co­op­er­at­ing with the po­lice in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A fu­neral for Kula, who orig­i­nally hailed from King Wil­liam’s Town, was be­ing planned for to­mor­row and trans­port was be­ing ar­ranged for Hun­ter­shill staff, Har­vey said.

Po­lice spokesman Cap­tain Namhla Mdle­leni said po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the shoot­ing.

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