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Media Release: Four arrested for robbery in Kruger National Park

15 August 2005

A team comprising of various South African National Parks (SANParks) law enforcement officials and the South African Police Service (SAPS) arrested four suspects shortly after an armed robbery attempt in the retail shop in Skukuza late yesterday (Sunday, 14 August 2005).

Thanks to strong teamwork between the SAPS and SANParks Corporate Investigative Services (CIS), KNP Protection Services, Skukuza Tourism staff, retail operator personnel and elements from the KNP Game Capture Team, four armed robbers were arrested before they could make their escape on Sunday evening.

No one was injured during the incident.

It is believed that the robbers entered the retail shop in the camp just before closing time, held up the staff and demanded to be taken to the safe.

While they were busy in the shop, an unknown person was able to alert KNP staff of the situation, which resulted in the law enforcement team reacting quickly to intercept the suspects and arrest them.

“We would like to assure our guests and the people of South Africa that the security in the Kruger National Park is in line with the appropriate standards in South Africa and we’ll continue to be on our guard to protect our visitors and staff against crime,” Dr Mkhize concluded.

Not only were all four suspects arrested, but cash and a firearm was recovered during the operation. The suspects have been handed to the SAPS and will appear in White River Magistrate’s Court tomorrow (August 16, 2005).

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Issued by:
Raymond Travers
Media Relations Practitioner
Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4116
Cell: 082 908 2677

William Mabasa
HOD: Public Relations and Communications
Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4363
Cell: 082 807 3919

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