Lowvelder (South Africa)

BREAKING NEWS: Field ranger killed by alleged poachers in KNP

It appears as they approached the group after which shots were exchanged, seriously injuring him in the upper body.

14 mins ago

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced the fatal shooting of a field Ranger in the Kruger National Park in a poaching related incident.

According to reports, the field ranger and his colleagues made contact with a poaching group that they had been tracking, supported by the K9 unit. It appears as they approached the group, shots were exchanged, seriously injuring him in the upper body. A doctor was flown in to stabilise him but unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries en route to the hospital.

Reacting to the news, the CEO of SANParks, Fundisile Mketeni expressed his heartfelt condolences to the ranger’s family, colleagues and associates saying: “We would like to express our sincerest condolences to his immediate family, colleagues and associate

Our prayers are with them during this difficult period, it is never easy to cope with losing a loved one, especially in this manner. We have lost a patriot who died on duty protecting South African assets and who was well trained to defend himself, hence our shock on learning of this incident. We will draw strength from his contribution to the anyti-poaching campaign and as his colleagues, we are going to continue where he left off in honour of his memory. Our immediate concern now is to support the family with their needs and counselling, we are extremely saddened by this incident” concluded Mketeni.

The name of the deceased cannot be released as his next of kin have yet to be informed and his colleagues are receiving trauma counselling.

The SAPS is busy with further investigations.

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