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Shot in the arm for hunter shot in the foot

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Shot in the arm for hunter shot in the foot

It’s taken eight years, but the high court has now ordered the rookie who shot him to pay damages

Cape Town bureau chief

It was the end of an afternoon of “walking and stalking” when Izak Rust caught a glimpse of something that could put the seal on his client’s first hunt: a herd of black wildebeest.

“Golden hour” had arrived — it was about 5.30pm on a crisp July day in the Eastern Cape — and time was running short for a weary Johan Coetzee to chalk up his kill.

Rust began setting up the skietstok (tripod) for the Ruger M77 rifle he had rented to Coetzee, who had never before handled a firearm...

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