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KNP Elephant trampled a local resident

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:49 pm


Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers discovered a lifeless human body, of a local resident from Mabilingwe, a village south of Punda Maria Gate on Saturday, 13 August 2016 at around 13:30.

The body was discovered after Rangers on patrol saw a man walking along the park’s boundary and upon being questioned; the man indicated he was looking for an old man who disappeared from the village a day before. Rangers immediately went on a search and eventually found the body, with signs that it was trampled by an elephant. The case was referred to the Police for further investigation.

“On behalf of South African National Parks (SANParks) Management and Staff, we wish to express our sincere condolences to the family for the loss of their loved one. Lives have been unnecessarily lost to wild animals in the Park due to people not taking the necessary precautions. We would like to urge families from the local communities to look after their loved ones; in particular the senior citizens or the mentally distressed as it is possible for them to wander and disappear into the Park which is dangerous, said the Acting Head of Communications, Mr William Mabasa.

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Media enquiries either:
William Mabasa, Acting Head of Communications – SANParks, Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363/012 426 5170, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: or

Reynold Thakhuli. Tel: 012 426 5303, Cell 073 373 4999 or email:
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Re: KNP Elephant trampled a local resident

Unread post by hilda » Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:46 pm

We have heard it over the radio yesterday. Shame, it is so sad! Sincere condolences to the family of this unlucky man!
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:22 pm

Very sad, and tragic. Deepest sympathy to the family who have lost a loved one. :gflower:

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Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:58 pm

So sad to hear this. It must have been scary for an old frail person!

Condolences to the relatives!

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Re: KNP Elephant trampled a local resident

Unread post by Philip1 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:16 pm

:( Hearing about your loss of a loved one, has deeply saddened me, but I know that this is far from what you are going through right now. You are in my thoughts and Prayers :pray: . My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family.
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