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Shoot-out in Kruger National park

2012-04-29 14:41

Johannesburg - A policeman and a game ranger have been shot and killed in the Kruger National Park, police said on Sunday.

The policeman, accompanied by a soldier, was searching for rhino poachers in the park's southern Tshokwane section park at 09:00 on Saturday morning when they came under fire, police spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said.

"The shooting resulted in the SAPS member being shot and killed. In return, the defence force member fatally wounded the shooter," said Naidoo.

"It emerged later that the shooter was in fact an on-duty SANParks game ranger."

An inquest docket was opened to determine the circumstances and cause of the incident.

Comments
  • Rob - 2012-04-29 15:00

    Very sad IF it was a case of mistaken iddentity with both sides thinking the other were poachers.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-29 16:47

      That's right @Rob, gang turf war perhaps?

      Rob - 2012-04-29 16:51

      @ Gestoffle. Slow day in Blikkiesfontein ? Lay off the product man !

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-29 16:56

      He he, nooit china, quiet day here....only smacked two bottles of klippies today.

  • SA - 2012-04-29 15:03

    Bring of the military, automatic weapons, helicopters. Hunt these people down. Such a sad lost of life, never mind the number of rhinos that have killed in the last three years. The government should declare a state of emergency regarding poaching – A SHOOT TO KILL POLICY springs to mind!!!. Closing and securing our boarders also sounds like a great idea as ever since the park has been opened into Mozambique rhino poaching has become a major problem. Global people are using Mozambique to rape our natural resource. 1000’s of sharks are being killed in Mozambique for their fins, this is a good indicator of the type of people operating there.

      Adam - 2012-04-29 19:18

      Please send the JMPD to fight the poachers. I dont think the poachers will like paying bribes.

  • Nigel - 2012-04-29 16:50

    jeez guys, get your act together man, use transponders or something.

  • trevorjkleinhans - 2012-04-29 17:08

    and sadly they could be all of the above, cops & poachers, anything can happen in this country

  • themba.ntuli - 2012-04-29 17:22

    This is probably the most weiredest story i ever read, it shows the complex and highly profitable inner workings of the poaching industry. how do both the policeman and gameranger know that the where poachers present but failed to pass information to one another to co-ordinate the operation. both are paid by the poaching syndicates but are unaware of that fact.

      En - 2012-04-29 17:28

      You should work for MI5. Next time YOU bump into someone in the bush carrying a rifle, you'll tell us how many seconds you dedicated to "passing of information to HQ" before the other guy started shooting at you.

  • mattarfix.paks - 2012-04-29 17:54

    How much money you payed wen whe you sell rhino hons?

  • Adam - 2012-04-29 19:21

    If I had five wives I would also be needing rhino horn.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-04-29 23:55

      Adam.. That's not funny in the least! Some readers could take this statement wrong by advocating the use of Rhino horn!!!\r\nStick to Viagra..!

      Jayson - 2012-04-30 02:14

      Not funny Adam. Not funny at all.

  • Boer - 2012-04-29 19:26

    The New South-Africa.

  • Fiona - 2012-04-29 19:49

    Potential strategies for preserving rhinos: 1. Start rhino colonies in other parts of the world - rhinos on the prairies? It might even up their breeding level. Think of Tahrs - prolific on Table Mountain,nearly extinct in the Himalayas 2. Give Rhinos as exchange gifts to the Chinese - think pandas - and emphasize that Afro-Chinese trade agreements will survive and flourish only as long as the "symbolic" rhinos do! 3. "Sell" rhinos in advance to very rich Saudis etc. Make owning a rhino a status symbol of Serious Note. The new owner gets bragging rights and the horn once the rhino dies of old age (the older the rhino at time of death, the greater the bragging value). In return, they have the right to use their military to protect their personal rhino. As an incentive to breed the animals, the owners get the rights to sell or gift the rhino offspring (and their horns after death through old age) to other Incredibly Rich Status Conscious Mense who can afford to pay for effective rhino protection! With personalised microchips etc, poaching is likely to result in "permanent removal" of the poachers by the enraged owner. 4. Start the rumour that the real cure to impotence and various illnesses actually resides in the Chinese foreskin and toenails, respectively. There would be an endless market for toenail clippings and a rush on circumcision! 5. Start a rumour that powdered rhino horn is heavily diluted with Chinese toenail clippings (this is most probably true anyway).

      Belinda - 2012-04-30 12:56

      This is sad... One more chapter of sadness... When will SOMEONE realise the current efforts will only end in more sadness? The END of the rhino; forever... Fiona; I’m glad to see you think outside the box. Here is another try: 1. De-horn all Rhinos. This will stop the poachers in their tracks 2. Continue to prosecute every person where is sufficient evidence. 3. Continue the search for ANY rhino horn and prosecute ALL involved. 4. Develop technology/ a plan that will actually protect the young and new borne Rhino calves when they grow up. 5. This buys a few years to work out a proper plan that will actually WORK. 6. Then our children MAY actually see a live Rhino WITH a horn someday; else it’s all over…

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-01 09:07

      I guess educating people away from "traditional" medicine falacies would be the biggest cure to the problem. But that is always considered an attack on people's "culture", it is never taken in the right context. This resistance to positive change is what is going to remove another species from our planet. Changing people's way of thinking takes just too long, people resent and resist change - even if logical.

  • louis.b.ebersohn - 2012-04-29 21:08

    Anti poaching, anti piracy, anti insurgency 101; Identify what you shoot at before you sqeeuze the trigger.

  • Kate - 2012-04-29 21:23

    In the past 8 years there have been 30 instances of illegal possesion of firearms in the Kruger National Park...21 of those instances occurred in 2011. www.crimestatssa.com

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-29 21:25

    You hit the nail on the head Adam i wonder what the wives use lion bone.

  • lindadediva.nkosi - 2012-04-30 13:22

    Mxm this is bull!it costed my brother's life!

      Amogelang - 2012-05-10 20:53

      Eish, we really lost a brother and a friend!

  • nwamichael.walelulekani - 2012-04-30 13:35

    I tink if de park hd 2 respond on dat strike in tym dis shudnt hapen coz dis wz nt cops n soldiers job, I also tink its a leson 2 al of dem coz doz rangers were strikin bcoz dey nid proper salaries 2 suit dea job

      sduplessis - 2012-05-01 03:08

      Is this even a language?

      Ec - 2012-05-01 08:39

      Proper education lacks....... good spelling my Boy!

  • Jay - 2012-06-23 11:15

    is there no communication between theses guys???? seems suspicious!

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