Kruger helicopter crash victims named

2013-04-01 15:29

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Johannesburg - The SA National Defence Force on Monday released the names of the five soldiers who died in a helicopter crash in the Kruger National Park.

"It is with sadness that the SANDF announces the names of the members who were in a fatal helicopter crash," the department of defence said in a statement.

The soldiers were: Captain Jacobus Andries van Rensburg; Captain MP Chabalala; Sergeant Paulus Shongela Ndishishi; Sergeant GP Ruiters and Lance Corporal Bheki Petros Cele.

On Saturday night, a helicopter conducting a scheduled aerial patrol of the Kruger National Park - as part of an anti-rhino poaching operation - crashed, killing the five SANDF members on board.

The SANDF said a preliminary investigation was currently underway to establish the sequence of events that led to the crash.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Chief of the SANDF, General Solly Shoke, and Chief of the SA Air Force, Lieutenant General Zimpande Msimang expressed their heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the soldiers.

- SAPA
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