Media release from South African National Parks (SANParks)
A field ranger has been shot and killed in the Kruger National Park in a poaching incident, according to South African National Parks (SANParks) in a statement released yesterday, 19 July 2018.
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.
SANParks confirmed the death of the ranger, but could not disclose the ranger’s identity as the family has not been notified of the death yet.
Reacting to the news, the CEO of SANParks, Fundisile Mketeni expressed his heartfelt sympathies to the ranger’s family, colleagues and associates.
“We would like to express our sincerest condolences to his immediate family, colleagues and associates… 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 anti-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,” said Mketeni.
The SAPS is busy with further investigations.