Boy dies after black mamba strikes during phane hunt

Deadly force: The black mamba is Africa's deadliest snake
Deadly force: The black mamba is Africa's deadliest snake

SELEBI-PHIKWE: An 11 year old boy died on the spot after being bitten by a black mamba while harvesting mophane worms in the Thune Dam area recently, police have confirmed.

Office Commanding No 10 District, Senior Superintendent Takongwa Mazwiduma said the boy was with his grandmother and peers when the incident occurred. It was reported that the young boys pursued the snake to its burrow, before it turned and struck the deceased, who died on the spot. The boy and his grandmother were part of the group that had camped in the Bobirwa area to harvest mophane worms. He was buried last weekend in Kgagodi village.

Meanwhile, No10 District, which consists of five police stations, recorded no fatalities on the roads for the second year running during the festive season. Mazwiduma said only minor accidents were recorded. He declared that Selebi-Phikwe registered only three cases of house breaking compared to eight cases registered in Bobonong.

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