Lions attack and eat 30-year-old man at South African game reserve

A tragic incident has unfolded at the Dinokeng Game Reserve in Gauteng, South Africa, where a 30-year-old man, Johannes Matshe, lost his life after being attacked and consumed by lions. The unsettling incident occurred on the night of Sunday, August 13, and the remains of the victim were discovered the following morning, August 14, 2023.

Confirming the incident, Hartogh Streicher, spokesperson for the reserve, released a statement on Thursday, August 17. According to Streicher, Johannes Matshe was an employee of one of the landowners at the reserve and was attacked by lions while he was navigating the reserve on foot during the night. Walking within the Dinokeng Game Reserve (DGR) at any time, especially after dark, is strictly prohibited as per the reserve’s regulations.

The distressing discovery was made when the reserve’s vigilant fencing team stumbled upon what appeared to be human remains at around 10:37 AM on Monday. The operations manager quickly responded and confirmed the tragic loss of life. The South African Police Service (SAPS) was notified immediately, and an investigation into the incident is currently underway.

Following this devastating occurrence, Dinokeng Game Enterprises (DGE), the entity that owns the wildlife within the Dinokeng Game Reserve, has applied for a permit from the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Environment (GDARDE) to euthanize the three lions responsible for the attack. Michael Daymond, the chairman of DGE, expressed his condolences to the victim’s family, acknowledging the sorrow surrounding the tragic event.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of adhering to safety regulations and respecting the rules when interacting with wildlife in reserves. The tragedy underscores the need for both visitors and landowners to exercise caution and responsible behavior to ensure the safety of all individuals within the reserve’s premises. It is a somber reminder of the potentially perilous nature of coexisting with wild animals and the imperative to maintain a balanced approach to wildlife conservation.