Border jumper killed in hippo at­tack

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Thu­peyo Mu­leya

AN uniden­ti­fied border jumper died when he was at­tacked by a hippo on a foot path lead­ing to the Lim­popo River.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred some 500m on the east­ern side of the border post on Tues­day.

It is re­ported that the man be­lieved to be between 30 and 40 years met his fate near the Beit­bridge town coun­cil sewer ponds. His body was dis­cov­ered by a coun­cil worker late on Tues­day sus­pended from the sewer ponds’ fence. It is sus­pected that he died while flee­ing from the ma­raud­ing an­i­mal.

The in­ci­dent comes a few months af­ter three peo­ple were at­tacked and killed by a hippo un­der the New Lim­popo River bridge while at­tempt­ing to skip the border to South Africa. Two other mi­nors aged seven and nine years were se­ri­ously in­jured in the at­tack and were taken to Musina Govern­ment Hospi­tal.

In the lat­est case, Mata­bele­land South po­lice spokesper­son, In­spec­tor Philisani Nde­bele, said the mat­ter was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “We are treat­ing the mat­ter as sud­den death since in­di­ca­tions are that he was at­tacked and killed by wild an­i­mals,” he said.

“The area is a com­mon spot where wild an­i­mals in­clud­ing hip­popota­muses are found. As po­lice we want to en­cour­age peo­ple to al­ways fol­low le­gal chan­nels when trav­el­ling to any coun­try to avoid un­nec­es­sary loss of lives due to at­tacks by wild an­i­mals or crim­i­nals.”The man’s body, he said, was taken to Beit­bridge District Hospi­tal for a post­mortem.

He said on the same day they also re­ceived a re­port of a 44-year-old wo­man who col­lapsed and died at Dulivhadz­imo bus ter­mi­nus.

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