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Media Release: Shooting in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2012-04-30

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Pretoria, 29 April 2012 – Yesterday, a member of the South African Police Service and a Game Ranger were shot and killed in the Kruger National Park.

At approximately 9:00am Saturday, 28 April 2012, a SAPS member and a SANDF member were conducting a search for potential rhino poachers in the Tshokwane section of the Kruger National Park when they came under fire.

The shooting resulted in the SAPS member being shot and killed. In return, the defence force member †fatally wounded the shooter. It emerged later that the shooter was in fact an on-duty SANPARKS Game Ranger.

An inquest docket has been opened to determine the circumstances and the cause of this incident.


Issued by:
The National Joint Operational Centre

Enquiries:
Colonel Vishnu Naidoo††
082 567 4153††

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