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Media Release: KNP rangers recover stolen trucks in an ambush

Date: 2010-06-08

Stolen trucks recovered at

Kruger National Park's (KNP’s) Phalaborwa Rangers together with local police recovered two stolen trucks of a Hino Tipper 700 model at Malopeni area in the Phalaborwa Ranger Section on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. The recovery came after Rangers received a tip-off in the early hours at 01:35 that the fence in the Malopeni area was cut.

According to the report by Phalaborwa Section Ranger, Mr Rodney Landela, rangers and police immediately went on an ambush and upon arrival at the scene; heard the truck sound and then saw the two trucks approaching with its headlights on. The culprits stopped the trucks as soon as they noticed they were about to be apprehended while the police on the other side started shooting. The culprits got out of the trucks and ran away but one suspect was wounded.

“To avoid getting hurt, we would like to warn criminals to stay away from the Park and not use it as a thoroughfare for their illegal deeds; our rangers are always on the look-out for criminals and will do everything in their power to ensure the Park remains crime free; cautioned Mr William Mabasa, the KNP’s HOD: Public Relations.

The wounded suspect was arrested and is in Phalaborwa Police custody for further investigations. “The consequences would have been worse as lives could have been lost during this incident,” concluded Mabasa.

Issued by:

Laura Mukwevho, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4262, cell: 082 807 1441or email:


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