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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 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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Popular Cape Town Labour Court Judge Anton Steenkamp tragically passed away on Monday 20 May after being bitten by a black mamba snake while on holiday with his wife Catherine in Zambia . Judge Anton Steenkamp Source: Twitter/Anton Steenkamp. South Africa’s Chief Justice issued a statement

“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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South African Labour Court Judge Anton Steenkamp, 57, has died after being bitten by a black mamba – one of the most venomous snakes – while on holiday in “We are devastated. No words. What an incredible man. His wife, Catherine, is still on her own in Zambia . They were touring Africa.

Judge Anton Steenkamp was doing what he loved, touring Africa with his wife, Catherine, when he was bitten by the snake on Monday. Judge Anton Steenkamp (Supplied). A Cape Town Labour Court judge has died after he was bitten by a black mamba while on holiday in Zambia .


"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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