First and foremost, SANParks would like to thank you for your interest in our national parks as we are simply managing the parks on behalf of South Africans. Your constant look-out for transgressors in our parks particularly in areas where officials are not posted makes our job easier in prosecuting those found guilty.
In the recent case of a driver found tormenting an elephant on the road and captured by video, SANParks investigated the matter and the driver in question was fined R1000 accordingly to regulation 4(1)(c) Intentional disturbing of animals and of any species or specimen. We would also like to bring to your attention that without a written statement from a complainant, SANParks cannot charge a member of the public, who commits an offence as is in this case and many others. SANParks would like to encourage members of the public to follow through the entire process of reporting the offenders. By law a traffic officer who writes out an Sec 56 or Sec J534 without a statement cannot testify in court regarding the matter , because it is regarded as hearsay.
Unfortunately usage of photos or video material is not permissible in court, without a warrant notification giving you authorization to take a photo or video material. In essence a witness is needed to physically testify in court. However SANParks encourages park users to report the matter at any gate prior to the culprit exiting the park.
Once SANParks was informed of the incident and the video, an investigation was commissioned where it was discovered that the register owner admitted that it was his registration number, but also denied the fact that it was him, and he could prove it. With the cooperation of the registered owner, the driver in the video was found and an appointment with protection services was set up. After meeting with the driver and showing him the video clip , he admitted he was the driver in the clip and according to him, he acted as he did to keep the elephant away from the other road users as to protect them and his action constitute an offence as stated above. He was issued with a fine, which he paid immediately.
If you wish to report people for breaking rules at the park by means of visuals, please send these pictures to (Senior Traffic Officer: Department of Protection and Traffic Services)
Johan Nel (Chief Traffic Officer);
Skukuza, Tel 0137354370, Cell 0736318682
on his email email@example.com
to report such incidences or SANParks crime-line 082 908 3053.
or KNP's Emergency Call Centre on 013 735 4325
Once again thank you all for giving us the heads up always - much appreciated.
Reynold "Rey" Thakhuli
General Manager: Media, Events & Stakeholder Relations
South African National Parks, Groenkloof, Tshwane/Pretoria
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Mobile: +27 (0) 73 373 4999 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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