Elephant tramples traditional doctor to death

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MAUN: A trip to gather wild plants in Kazungula forest turned into a nightmare when a 68-year-old traditional doctor was trampled to death by an elephant, on Tuesday.

The elephant reportedly charged at the man, who was in the company of his 50-year-old friend while the two were digging for healing plants. The latter man managed to escape and flee for safety, while the traditional doctor failed to run away.

News of the traditional healer’s death was trending on online social media platforms like Facebook, as he was well known in the North West district, for his divine healing gift.

Kasane police station commander, Superintendent Silton Fidzani said that the traditional doctor who hailed from Parakarungu within the Chobe District, but was stationed in Kasane met his demise at around 14:30 hours on Tuesday.


Fidzani noted that the case brings to two, those of human deaths caused by elephants this month. Still in Kazungula, an elephant killed a 78-year-old man on April 2, 2015.

“The man was discovered by a passerby who reported to the police, who in turn took him to Kasane Primary hospital where he was certified dead,” said Fidzani.

He advised members of the public in Chobe to be careful when accessing the thickets because they are infested with wild and dangerous animals.

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