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 Post subject: Re: reporting Law Breakers in the Kruger National Park
Unread postPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 11:58 am 
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Dear Forumites,

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 johannes.nel@sanparks.org
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.

Best regards,
Reynold "Rey" Thakhuli
General Manager: Media, Events & Stakeholder Relations
South African National Parks, Groenkloof, Tshwane/Pretoria
Tel: +27 (0) 12 426 5170 Fax: +27 (0) 12 343 0153
Mobile: +27 (0) 73 373 4999 e-mail: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org
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 Post subject: Re: Reporting law breakers in Kruger National Park
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:46 pm 
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DinkyBird wrote:
Dear members,


Please note updated information re the contact to report traffic offences to:

Johan Nel (Chief Traffic Officer);
Skukuza, Tel 0137354370, Cell 0736318682
johannes.nel@sanparks.org

While in the park - Report rule breakers and other incidents to
KNP's Emergency Call Centre on 013 735 4325


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From: Lucy Nhlapo
All I can say to the forum is that the rules are emphasized on a daily basis and that it is a pity that the wrong doers are not seen most of the time.

I have recently spoken to our Acting ME requesting some funding to do radio shows once more as well as media coverage regarding the concerns raised.

I must say that this is a great concern to the KNP Management Team as well and we will do anything to continuously educate the public about the park rules and we will bring the perpetrators to book. I thank the forum for highlighting these issues and promise that they will be attended to.

Thank you

Lucy Nhlapo
HOD: Tourism & Marketing



Herewith the official response from the SHRs:

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For many years, SHR’s were seen as the unofficial “police force” of SANParks.
This was also one of the reasons why the corps was established 50 years ago.
Times and roles have changed to the extent where this approach is no longer deemed appropriate for a volunteer force and accordingly it is no longer an area where we play an active role.
The remark from the SHR who asked the person to remove the child from his lap serves as a prime example. There will always be a disgruntled party (normally the guilty one!).

Furthermore, it is extremely difficult for us to prove any traffic violations, as SHR’s are not equipped with the necessary equipment to prove speeding or similar acts of transgression that we witness.
The majority of SHR members are not trained in this field and it is not why they joined the organisation.
In fact, only a small number of full time SANParks staff have the necessary qualifications and appointments to manage this aspect.
SHR’s are encouraged to approach every situation cautiously and where possible, to take a photograph of transgressors and report them to the nearest Rest camp/Ranger without delay, together with the evidence. This will then be followed up by the SANParks staff who are equipped with the necessary authority to fine transgressors, or take appropriate action.
Our role is to assist and advise the public more than enforcing the rules that exist in Parks, and we are really not legally appointed “Peace officers” for SANParks.


Discussion is here

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Visitors who witness rule breakers should take culprits details e.g. vehicle registration, picture etc; where possible they should contact 013 735 4325 immediately or report to the nearest park official. They do not have reprimand the offender as some people might become violent in such situations.

Kind regards

Laura Mukwevho
Media Relations
Kruger National Park


What happens once rule breakers have been reported:
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What happens is that a follow-up is made by Protection Services immediately after such incidents are reported; each case is however treated on its merits.
The nearest law enforcer then rushes to the scene, traces the vehicle, fines the offender (the fine issued depends on the nature of offence committed).
If the culprit is not found in the park at the time of the incident and there is evidence that they committed a park offence, their details are traced and are either sent stern warnings or summons where possible. Unfortunately if the culprit does not want to pay the fine and decides to contest the matter in court, it can be thrown out however if there are witnesses prepared to testify in court, he/she can be proven guilty.


The fines for disobeying the rules and regulations in the KNP are issued according to various regulations of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, Act 57 of 2003.
These fines are revised on an annual basis, are proposed by the KNP Managing Executive and approved by the White River Magistrate. See attached fine list which was revised this year in April 2009.

Unfortunately our law enforcement officials cannot always be everywhere every time hence we encourage visitors to use the emergency number that is available where one can report any infringement of a park rule; be it accident, crime or any other incident that needs immediate attention.
The number works 24/7 and it can be reached by dialing 013 735 4325; staff in that office will alert the closest law enforcement officer who will rush to the scene of the incident so that offenders can be caught on the act. Alternatively, one can report the matter to the nearest camp reception/ranger station immediately.

For some time, Protection Services engaged with the provincial traffic department in order to find a way for legal processes to be effected against the offenders.
Please note that the Directorate of Public Prosecution has recently approved “speed over distance cameras” as a valid law enforcement method.
In an effort to curb over speeding and lawlessness in the park, KNP Management is in the process of installing speed over distance cameras on some main roads within the park which will be functional effectively from mid-December 2009.
This management system will broadly address many issues such as speeding, getting out of cars on undesignated areas, any other unlawful behaviour etc.
It is anticipated that this system will in future introduce grey listing of the rule breakers, who will receive a warning and will be endorsed on the system/database every time they break the rules of the park.
The system will alert Protection Services every time the offender visits the park and if they commit further park offences, they will eventually be suspended or banned from the park.

Kind regards

Laura Mukwevho
Media Relations
Kruger National Park


The regulation (posted in post above too):
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Lesego wrote:
Protruding in the park:

If an arm is outside the car because one is genuinely taking a picture, this cannot be against the rule. When body parts like head, shoulders etc protrude from an open window, sunroof or door on undesignated areas, then they’ll be breaching the rule. :naughty:


FYI: Important info from SANParks on reporting law breakers in KNP (as well as advise regarding making donations, reporting complaints) can be found here.

ReyT wrote:
Dear Forumites,

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.
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) Johannes Nel on his email as per the address at the top of the page or report such incidences on SANParks crime-line 082 908 3053.

Once again thank you all for giving us the heads up always - much appreciated.

Best regards,
Reynold "Rey" Thakhuli
General Manager: Media, Events & Stakeholder Relations
South African National Parks, Groenkloof, Tshwane/Pretoria
Tel: +27 (0) 12 426 5170 Fax: +27 (0) 12 343 0153
Mobile: +27 (0) 73 373 4999 e-mail: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

Stephens.L wrote:
Dear Forum Members

It is in the best interests of the organisation and fellow nature lovers that we look after our natural heritage. There are some people who disregard the rules and regulations of the Kruger National Park in an attempt to be the first to arrive at a sighting or to get a clear view of a sighting.
Visitors are hereby reminded to respect other road users to ensure that everyone enjoys his/her stay in the park.

As much as we have traffic officers who are on a daily basis patrolling the park, it becomes impossible for them to be everywhere everytime. It is in this regard that we request your support.

Please use this email johannes.nel@sanparks.org to report rule breakers in the park.
You can also call (see first post of this topic for details).
Please ensure that you provide all the information that will make it easy for him to trace the perpetrator

from here
Subject: Gallery Of Shame/Breaking the rules

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 Post subject: Re: reporting Law Breakers in the Kruger National Park
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:09 pm 
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SANParks: Respect our animals
2014-01-21 09:56
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Lion shows tourists who's boss
2014-01-20 12:08

It seems as though tourists in the Kruger National Park are becoming increasingly casual about their interaction with wild animals. Watch as this lion takes a stand. WATCH

http://www.news24.com/Travel/Multimedia ... s-20140120

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Cape Town - It's been less than a month since the controversial Kruger National Park killing of an elephant that charged and injured two tourist after they got too close for comfort - and yet another video has emerged of a similar situation with lions.

Two children can be seen hanging out of a car window, less than 3 metres away from two lions. The male lion eventually assumes an attack position and gives off a warning growl.

SANparks Acting Head of Communications, Reynold Thakhuli said, “Unfortunately if the lion had mauled the children we would have been faced with same situation of having to put the animal down.

“Once these wild animals have human contact and taste human blood we have to put them down.”

Thakhuli said it was disappointing that people chose to “take a grand stand approach to these incidents instead of reporting it to the authorities”.

“Visitors must respect the SANParks rules and respect our animals, which includes remaining in your car at all times and keeping a 50m distance between you and the animals,” Thakhuli said.

“I appeal to our visitors to report these incidents to us instead of posting it to social media.

“Upon entering the park people are given a pamphlet detailing the code of good game viewing. We rely on our visitors to familiarise themselves with these rules and to adhere to them.

“The scourge of rhino poaching has the park's limited resources stretched and we cannot police everybody that comes into the park."

South African law requires SANParks to submit a written statement of an eye-witness account along with video footage in order to prosecute individuals who break the rules.

Visitors who witness an incident are advised to report it to the nearest camp reception or to a park manager at the nearest Kruger entry point, along with the registration details of the car involved.

Incidents can also be reported to the park’s 24hr emergency call centre – 013 735 4325

“We have taken action before to reported incidents with fines between R500 and R5 000 being issued. In some instances we have in fact banned people from coming to the park. But we need people to report the incidents before we can do something,” Thakhuli said



SANParks code of good game viewing:

- Visitors must remain in their vehicles unless in a designated area.

- Remember that no part of the body may protrude from a window or sunroof or any other part of the vehicle.

- Vehicle doors should be closed at all times.

- Keep at least 30 to 50m between you and the animals.

- allow ample space for you and other vehicles to make a quick exit if a situation does arise

- Stick to the speed limit! All general rules of the road apply within the Kruger National Park. The speed limit is 50 km/h on tar roads and 40 km/h on gravel roads.

- You are not allowed to drive “off-road” or on roads with a “no entry” sign.

- The feeding or disturbing of animals is a serious offense.

- A stringent noise restriction is enforced between 21:30 and 06:00. The use of cell phones is permitted only in camps, gates and in cases of emergency.

- The use of roller skates, skateboards, bicycles and motorbikes is prohibited.


http://www.news24.com/Travel/Guides/Bus ... s-20140121

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 Post subject: Re: reporting Law Breakers in the Kruger National Park
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:34 pm 
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Kruger fines nearly 3400 visitors (Aug 2013)

Mbombela - The Kruger National Park has issued nearly 3 400 fines to visitors in the past eight months, which is more than during the whole of 2012.

The fines were issued for speeding and other traffic offences, as well as contravening the National Environmental Management Act.

“Since the beginning of this year we have issued 3 339 fines, while last year we issued a total of 3 157 fines,” Kruger spokesman Stephens Ledwaba told African Eye News Service.

He attributed the increase to greater law enforcement within the Kruger.

“The high number this year can be attributed to the additional traffic officers added to our team. We have speeding cameras for every traffic officer. These cameras are mobile and not stationed at one place,” he explained.

According to Kruger chief traffic officer, Johan Nel, most offenders were South African residents while 35% were foreigners.

“We try and make sure [foreigners] pay before leaving the park, as when they leave the country, there is no way we can trace them,” Nel said.

Ledwaba said speeding was the main concern for traffic officers, with 80% of fines issued to motorists breaking the park’s 50km/h speed limit.

“Speeding is a danger for animals as they get killed in the process and it also puts people's lives at risk. Speeding motorists also chase the animals off the road and often spoil great sightings for animal lovers,” Ledwaba said.

Fines for speeding in the Kruger range from R100 to R1 500.

On 8 May last year, a speeding driver was fined R2 500 after he drove his car into a herd of impala, killing seven of the animals. A further fine of R21 000 was imposed on the man’s employers.

Ledwaba said that traffic officers patrolled the Kruger daily to ensure that motorists comply with rules and regulations of the park.

The regulations are clearly posted on notice boards at the gates.

TV screens have also been installed at the gates and reception areas to display the rules of the park.

The number of fines issued is expected to increase dramatically over December and January as thousands of tourists descend on the park.

Kruger figures showed that 811 fines were issued in the 2012 festive season alone.

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 Post subject: Re: reporting Law Breakers in the Kruger National Park
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