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WorldBlack Mamba kills SA judge in Zambia

02:00  24 may  2019
02:00  24 may  2019 Source:   enca.com

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Labour Court Judge Anton Steenkamp died in Zambia this week after being bitten by the venomous snake. Johan Marais from the African Snakebite Institute says the mamba is one of the most dangerous snakes in the world but a bite could take hours before killing someone.

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Labour Court Judge Anton Steenkamp has been remembered by many South Africans following his death while on holiday in Zambia.

The 57-year-old judge was bitten by a black mamba - an unusual case - since the reptile is usually found throughout southern and eastern Africa.

Johan Marais from the African Snakebite Institute says the mamba is one of the most dangerous snakes in the world but a bite could take hours before killing someone.

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Journalists, politicians and fellow legal professionals have shared their tributes to Judge Anton Steenkamp, who was killed by a Black Mamba on The tributes have been pouring in for Judge Anton Steenkamp on Tuesday after it was confirmed he had passed away while travelling in Zambia .

Judge Anton Steenkamp has died of a snake bite while on holiday in Zambia . He was 57. Image: Saslaw via Facebook. A dream African holiday has instead become tragic loss for the family of labour court judge Anton Steenkamp, who has died after being bitten by a black mamba in Zambia .

“Usually in a serious bite a person could die between 30 minutes and six hours but in exceptional cases, we can see people die in less than half an hour."

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The black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) is a species of extremely venomous snake, a member of the family Elapidae native to parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

A South African judge of the labour court has died after he was bitten by a black mamba whilst in Zambia on a holiday. Judge Anton Steenkamp, 57, was in Zambia in the company of his wife when the venomous reptile attacked him. The incident was confirmed by a relative, Ruby Steenkamp


"It is by no means an aggressive snake and is actually very shy and quick to escape but if you accidently surprise one they will bite in self-defense”, said Marais.

Marais says if you come across a snake then you should immediately take five steps back for safety.

“Anti-venom is a treatment for serious bites but in short term, it’s not a first-aid measure. In this case, if the victim could have gotten to a medical facility, they could have put him on a ventilator that could have kept alive and then you could.”

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