The attack on Hluhluwe farmer Peter-John Hassard, who was shot in the stomach last month, may have been an attempted hit by rhino poachers, his father believes. Peter Hassard, who farms with his son, said on Tuesday he was present during a meeting with the police when an informer named people involved in fighting rhino poaching, including Peter-John, who were on a “hit list”.
The younger Hassard, who is in his mid-thirties, was in an induced coma at a hospital in Richards Bay and had undergone surgery twice on his liver, his father said on Tuesday.
“He will be in a coma for six weeks. He cannot move because that is the only way his liver can reconstruct,” he said.
“Unfortunately, he also picked up pneumonia, but the specialists are positive that he will be fine.”
He said Peter-John headed the Anti-Rhino Poaching Trust in Zululand and was involved in anti-crime and community projects.
On the day he was shot Peter-John heard screams coming from the farmworkers’ compound on his game farm at 5am.
His friend Casper Badenhorst said the workers were being held hostage and robbed by an armed gang. More....