South African judge dies from black mamba bite

Judge Anton Steenkamp Courtesy: Mail & Guardian

South Africa Labour Court Judge, Anton Steenkamp, has died after being bitten by a black mamba while on holiday in Zambia.

Judge Anton Steenkamp
Courtesy: Mail & Guardian

The judge was touring Africa with his wife, Catherine, on Monday when he was bitten.

His relative Ruby Steenkamp told South Africa’s News 24, “We are devastated. No words. What an incredible man. His wife, Catherine, is still on her own in Zambia. They were touring Africa. We as a family were very, very proud of him.”

Steenkamp’s close friend Charles Leonard was quoted saying he was a kind, generous, loyal and committed to bettering more than just society. He also had an exceptional brain and was one of the finest on the bench.

“He was a progressive person, truly committed to a non-racial society. I’m totally devastated. We used to chat almost every day on the phone,” Leonard said.

South African newspaper columnist, Author and documentary filmmaker, Max du Preez also described Steenkamp as clever, kind, progressive, a man of integrity and one of SA’s youngest judges.

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