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By Alanicka Lotriet


Cyclist shot in Cradle of Humankind

The victim was airlifted to hospital after what appeared to be a robbery.

On Saturday morning, a 51-year-old male was shot several times in an apparent attempted robbery while cycling near the Letamo Estate in the Kromdraai area of Gauteng, reports the Krugersdorp News.

The Cradle is a popular paleoanthropological site about 50km northwest of Johannesburg.

According to Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst, the man was airlifted after paramedics responded to reports of the shooting at about 10.30am.

A motorist was driving in the Cradle of Humankind looking for new hiking spots with his friend. They turned off and, a kilometre down the road, they heard someone crying out, “Help me.”

They alerted paramedics and shortly after arriving the wounded man was treated on scene by an advanced life-support paramedic. Due to the nature of his wounds, the Netcare 2 air ambulance was called to airlift him to a specialised medical facility.

Police were on scene to investigate the matter.

Captain Appel Ernst, communication officer of the West Rand Cluster, issued a statement asking that any person with information should come forward.

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