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Media Release: Two Students Die in Pretoriuskop Swimming Pool

18 March 2008

The Kruger National Park (KNP) managing executive, Dr Bandile Mkhize expressed his sincere sympathies this morning to the next of kin of the two students that died in Pretoriuskop Rest Camp swimming pool on Friday night (March 14, 2008).

“Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends of the two victims of the incident,” Dr Mkhize said.

The bodies of the two students from New Era College in Malamulele were found early on Saturday morning (March 15, 2008) in the fenced-off swimming pool area.

On Friday night at about 18:30, camp management reacted to a complaint from another guest staying in the camp who reported rowdy behaviour from the swimming pool area.

The Pretoriuskop Duty Manager ordered the group to return to their accommodation units and informed the supervisors of the group that if they continued with their inappropriate behaviour, that they would be escorted out of the park. The group returned to their accommodation units and there was no report of anyone missing at that stage.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) arrived on the scene on Saturday morning to investigate the incident and recover the bodies.

“We will assist the SAPS with the investigation as far as possible in an attempt to find out what happened,” Dr Mkhize concluded.

Issued by:
Raymond Travers, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4116, cell: 082 908 2677 or email:

William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communications, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email:

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