Media Release: Fire in the Kruger National Park: Carte Blanche
10 November 2001
Many of the facts as portrayed by Carte Blanche on Sunday evening, 18 November 2001, are refutable. Amongst many other inaccuracies, the Director of Kruger National Park did not say that families of those who refused to bury their deceased family members in the Kruger National Park would not be given financial assistance. Identification of the authentic relatives of those who died as a result of the fire was an extremely difficult process and involved various other persons besides Mr David Mabunda (such as the relevant Chiefs in the region).
It is sad, and disappointing, that Carte Blanche should have sensationalised Operation Prevail and linked it to the events surrounding the fire.
SANParks is prepared to make a full statement as soon as the inquiry has been completed.
Acting Head: Communications
Tel: (012) 426 5006; Cell: 082 926 5084
Public Relations Manager: Kruger National Park
Tel: (013) 735 4363; Cell: 082 807 3919