Johannes Matshe (30) met his death when he was attacked and eaten by a lion at his workplace at the wildlife sanctuary in Hammanskraal.
In a statement issued by Dinokeng Game Reserve management, they brought to light that Johannes was attacked and killed by lions while navigating the reserve on foot after dark. According to reserve regulations walking within the reserve at night is strictly prohibited.
The incident was discovered when the reserve’s fencing team came upon human remains on August 15; they promptly reported the discovery to management, who escalated the situation to the South African Police Services, who responded shortly and are currently looking into the occurrence.
Hartogh Streicher the spokesperson of Denokeng game reserve management extended condolences to the family of the deceased and highlighted the delicate balance between human coexistence and wild inhabitations in the world saying,” This tragedy serves as a poignant reminder of the untamed instincts that drive wild animals like lions, particularly during their nocturnal hunting patterns.”
Streicher has urged all landowners to take an active part in guaranteeing their guests’ and other landowners’ safety. In his final statement, he said that the management of the Game Reserve has consulted experts and is handling the situation involving the lions with caution.