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Speeding driver kills 7 impala in Kruger

2012-05-07 16:00

Johannesburg - A building contractor has been fined R2 500 for killing at least seven impala while speeding in the Kruger National Park (KNP), a spokesperson said on Monday.

"Eyewitnesses have stated that the vehicle overtook their cars at high speed, only to slam over the poor impala at the junction of Paul Kruger and Skukuza staff village roads," said KNP spokesperson William Mabasa.

The driver, who was not a KNP employee, was driving a truck and trailer belonging to contractor Shivers Contracting Company, which was doing work in the park. His name could not be immediately obtained.

The accident happened on May 2 at about 17:30.

Mabasa said impala, especially fighting rams, tended to chase each other in the bush and over roads, mostly in rutting season.

This was either to gain dominance or to round up females to join their groups.

He said KNP was upset about the deaths of the animals in an area where they were supposed to be protected and safeguarded, and had decided to take strict action.

The driver was charged and fined under the Protected Areas Act for killing the impala and for endangering other road users.

Mabasa appealed to the public to be on the lookout for animals all over the park when driving, and to remember that the animals had the right of way.

"We expect this move will act as a deterrent, while we also hope and pray that a similar incident will not repeat itself in future," he said.

Comments
  • mholthuysen - 2012-05-07 16:07

    Totally and utter disgusting - tie this guy behind his truck and speed with him along the highway!

      Justin - 2012-05-07 16:13

      R2500 is nothing compaired to the lives of these animals... i hope they still going to investigate this further and take further action against this IDIOT!!!

      mholthuysen - 2012-05-07 16:22

      Agreed Justin!

      Gieljam - 2012-05-07 16:35

      HE MUST HAVE BEEN DRIVING A FORMULA FI RACING TRUCK......

      Greg - 2012-05-07 16:35

      R2,500, is that all, and they call this apparent 'strict action', that is ridiculous!! This guy should at least get community service at the park and a far harsher fine...R2,500 is a joke in the circumstances!!!

      Nicholas - 2012-05-07 16:45

      Once again, a complete mockery made of laws with a dumb fine like this. Following the speed limit in the park is one of the golden rules, who dreamt up a fine like this? why bother at all? This f**king idiot should be locked up and stripped of his license.

      James - 2012-05-07 19:03

      In NY we hit about 60,000 Deer pa. Drive NY, Pennsylvania to Ohio. In Penn alone you will count +- 35 dead Deer.

      Piet - 2012-05-07 19:12

      Yes james, but thutthe speed limit is not 20 miles per ho

      Jan - 2012-05-08 07:54

      R2500.00 will get you about 3-4 Impala on a hunting trip! He killed 7, we won't know how many were injured suffering until they get caught by a predator. He deserves jail time....

      Erna - 2012-05-08 08:53

      @James This is in a game reserve, not on a public road!

  • Johan - 2012-05-07 16:07

    Only R2,500 ? What a joke !

      Mike - 2012-05-07 16:34

      Death penalty?

      Manu - 2012-05-07 18:06

      Death penalty for killing impalas? Are you for real?

      Fredster - 2012-05-08 09:27

      The buck has to stop here!!!!

      Alan - 2012-05-08 15:47

      Whaahaa Fredster. I wonder if his truck got Impaled?

      Alan - 2012-05-08 15:48

      I heard the driver works for Impala Plats??

  • Andre - 2012-05-07 16:08

    is that all? This won't stop irresponsible drivers in the reserve to keep to the limits in the Park! The speedsters and noise makers should be banned!

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-05-07 16:08

    they should have put him in jail for 7years or more.... A year for each Impala

  • Stuart - 2012-05-07 16:09

    R2500 yay what a joke poor animals dont deserve this and in the kruger park none the less

  • Peter - 2012-05-07 16:10

    R2500.... thats peanuts that is no deterrent, should be R25 000. He killed multiple animals and recklessly endangered peoples lives. Hes license should also be revoked.

      Nosiphom - 2012-05-07 16:29

      Agreed Peter. Maybe R2 500 for the next 12 months!

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 18:05

      He earns R1500 a month.

      Bob - 2012-05-08 15:14

      siyadyosiba, if he earns R1,500.00 per month then he is overpaid, the frikken idiot shouldn't even be driving a vehicle. I hope he has been at least banned from entering the Kruger park.

  • Chantelle - 2012-05-07 16:12

    Drivers name is Ernest Hickman! Idiot!

      georgebrightons - 2012-05-07 16:31

      Fortunately enough he is not an ANC man. No press conferences . Speeding would have been changed to corruption.

      Gieljam - 2012-05-07 16:35

      ERNEST THE HITMAN....

      David - 2012-05-07 17:23

      Huh. Inside info????

      Hanno.Labuschagne - 2012-05-08 00:59

      This story is days old. His name appeared in various newspapers and looklocal.co.za news. It is Ernest Hickman.

      Alan - 2012-05-08 15:50

      @Georgebrightons .. to use Fredsters quip above - at least the driver is not passing the buck....

  • Shirley - 2012-05-07 16:13

    Pathetic fine for a pathetic individual! Just because they are animals doesnt mean they feel less pain! R2500.00 is a joke!!!

      Alan - 2012-05-08 15:51

      He Kudu worse.

  • Jana - 2012-05-07 16:14

    The placing of the animals looks like he actually swerved around to hit them on purpose.

      Msika - 2012-05-07 16:25

      swerved around to hit them on purpose? Think you are a bit exagerating here.

      David - 2012-05-07 17:22

      How do you know

      Hanno.Labuschagne - 2012-05-08 01:01

      Those impala were thrown through the air. However, how did he continue to hit six more after hitting the first? Doesn't make much sense, he's a looney.

      Alan - 2012-05-08 15:58

      The buck that flew - where did Eland?

  • Msika - 2012-05-07 16:14

    Change the name to avoid similar incidents in future.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-07 16:33

      Sigh, we still have such idiots in this country.

  • Anakin - 2012-05-07 16:16

    R10 000 to R20 000 fine more appropriate for this type of behaviour. In the middle of nowhere it's a different story, this is however after all a game reserve, where drivers would expect animals to cross the road. My estimate is he must have being doing 140km/h for this to happen.This driver belongs on a racetrack, not the KNP.

      Dee - 2012-05-07 17:04

      The company should lose the contract too. They might think twice next time about not making sure employee's know the rules of the road and those pertaining to the game park. Any contract with a game park should surely have clauses to this effect.

      Alan - 2012-05-08 15:52

      The company was just trying to make a fast buck.

  • Spook - 2012-05-07 16:21

    Well ladies and gentlemen. It appear that it is cheaper to go hunting in the Kruger National Park. I have rencently paid R850 for an impala on my winterhunt in Naboomspruit, and could only afford 1. He would have paid R5 950.00 in the private sector. It just show you what our legal system think of it. And then they say we must trust the legal system. Yeeee

  • Itse - 2012-05-07 16:22

    Ban the idiot from Sun Parks and Game reserves...

  • Herman - 2012-05-07 16:24

    That company should be banned from Kruger!!! Or is it a contractor with links to some SAN Parks managers?

      Dee - 2012-05-07 17:05

      I agree.

      Denise - 2012-05-07 18:15

      Why should a lot of competely innocent people be punished because of 1 stupid driver? Imagine if one of your colleagues did something stupid and your company had to close down because of it? Is that fair to you? It is easy to get emotional about this but we have stupid drivers killing people and running over animals on the roads every day! Fine the idiot the cost to hunt an impala i.e. R950 each - and put the money back into conservation. Insist that he is removed from site and thats it - no need to punish a bunch of people who had nothing to do with it.

  • Mitchel 'Ranga' Fountaine - 2012-05-07 16:24

    R2500 for seven impala deaths. Hardly a detergent. Hopefully he was fined for breaking laws on the road as well!

      Vicker - 2012-05-07 16:35

      Correct - hardly a DETERGENT...

      Dee - 2012-05-07 17:05

      lol... auto spell problem??

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 18:08

      Yes damn hardly detergent.LOL

      Alan - 2012-05-08 15:52

      That life bouy!

  • Michael - 2012-05-07 16:24

    Absolutely disgusting!

  • Bruce - 2012-05-07 16:25

    Bastard!

  • Jan - 2012-05-07 16:26

    What a joke, first it was 12 Impala killed, 4 on impact and 8 had to be put down by rangers due to broken backs, now all of a sudden it is only 7 Impala. Bring this driver to book, let him appear in an open court instead of being fined by KNP. Ban him from entering the KNP, not even to complete his work there.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-07 16:26

    A R2500 fine is totally meaningless and neither a deterrent nor 'appropriate'. This idiot should be tied to the back of his own truck and dragged along the same road at speed for 300 meters to see how he likes it. Bloody idiot. He should also be named and shamed so that the whole world can see what he looks like.

  • andre.rabie3 - 2012-05-07 16:29

    This is a Joke, Ban Shivers Contracting Company for life from doing any work in the park, and also everybody against animal cruilty shoul not use him for any work, he got off lightly now, so punish him for ever with regarding to not giving him work,

  • Etienne Mare - 2012-05-07 16:30

    May Ernest have a terrible day in court! I'd like to be there, got some rotten tomatoes for him!

  • Clive - 2012-05-07 16:32

    You can get bigger fines speeding in Jhb just 20KM's over the limmit makes the whole thing kind of laughable, as that is all he gets.

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-07 16:33

    Maybe he mistaken impalas for RHINOS!

  • Riccardo Vallaro - 2012-05-07 16:34

    Very sad... How is it that this company is even doing work in the park

  • doug.usher - 2012-05-07 16:47

    Wanker and then only a pathetic fine to follow!!!!! Who is supposed to be running the Kruger - I have no idea!!!!! Perhaps the JHB Metro!!!!

  • alysonsamson - 2012-05-07 16:50

    R2500 is shameful - the fine should be in keeping with the crime. More like R2500 per animal killed.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-07 16:51

    We need the name and a photograph of this useless irresponsible driver and info regarding the company to know who we are dealing with. This strict action is a disgrace and a joke and somehow reflects exactly what is wrong with our beautiful country- you can do what you like and nothing will happen

  • John Tansell - 2012-05-07 16:52

    This driver should be locked up ..... In a lions cage.....

  • charles.wolfaardt1 - 2012-05-07 16:55

    R 300.00 an Impala that is cheap. Fine should be R 3 000.00 per animal + R 1 500.00 for speeding + banned for life from the park

  • Lyzelle - 2012-05-07 16:56

    Let him do anti-paoching duty for 2 years

  • Bongane - 2012-05-07 17:05

    Speeding causes lot of damages in our country. Animals are beautifying our country,let us reduce the speed and obey traffic signs because if you obey instructions then you reduce wasteful expenditure. Safely arrive where you are going.

  • Refiloe - 2012-05-07 17:10

    R2500 is Nothing. mxm

  • Jan - 2012-05-07 17:10

    I was in the KNP during the weekend of 9 March 2012 travelleing to Crocodile Bridge in the late afternoon. Travelling at a speed of no more than 40 kmh, watching some game and birds, a Toyota Landcruiser came speeding from behind and overtook us, shaking my vehicle. The next moment we saw that the guy turned right into the Staff Village at Crocodilebridge,Game Ranger clearly written on the door of his vehicle. Unfortunately we were unable to see the vehicles registration number to report him as one is supposed to do.We would not have been in time to leave the Park at the prescribed time. A heavy fine awaiting one for failing this rule. Maybe it is time for KNP to set up a link on their website where not only private individuals but also their own people be named and shamed and also be dealt with by the law. KNP issuing fines? What a joke.

      Herman - 2012-05-07 19:02

      In my experience the staff and contractors have always been the worst offenders when it comes to speeding. I would fully support any measures which could put an end to the arrogance of some of these officials.

  • Refiloe - 2012-05-07 17:10

    R2500 is Nothing. mxm

  • Refiloe - 2012-05-07 17:10

    R2500 is Nothing. mxm

  • Bongane - 2012-05-07 17:10

    Speeding causes lot of damages in our country. Animals are beautifying our country,let us reduce the speed and obey traffic signs because if you obey instructions then you reduce wasteful expenditure. Safely arrive where you are going.

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2012-05-07 17:11

    Blacklist the contractor forever..... he should never be allowed to set foot in any of our parks again!!!! R2500 fine is a joke, it should be that per animal....

  • Mark - 2012-05-07 17:15

    Recently in the park, we encountered a few "commercial" vehicles driving extremely recklessly. This doesn't surpise me but it does make me sick!!

  • Helmut - 2012-05-07 17:17

    The whole park has become a hunting ground for low life

  • Mluleki Simelane - 2012-05-07 17:25

    Only R2500? He is going to do it again, why not suspend his licence

  • Michael - 2012-05-07 17:26

    Lets find this ernest character

  • Lana - 2012-05-07 17:27

    That fine is ridiculously small, Maybe R2500.00 per kg of animal he killed...you are in the Kruger Park Idiot, it belongs to the animals!

  • cheree.cox - 2012-05-07 17:28

    Its jus the same as \poaching\ ... Stupid freeken idiot ... If he had killed 7 ppl he wud have got \life\ so why wen he kills 7 Impala he gets R2500 ... Are our animals lives not worth a LOT more ... This is jus freeken INSANE an PATHETIC ... More needs to be done ... DISGUISTED

  • PumaFred - 2012-05-07 17:30

    R2500 is what this person most probably gets paid in a month. So it is a large sum of money for him and his family will now not be able to feed themselves. Not to mention that the company has most probably fired him. So perhaps the fine is enough.

      yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-05-07 18:00

      Supposedly the guys name is ernest hickman- probably a contracts manager ,therefore would earn a lot more than r2500 a month !!

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-07 17:30

    What the Hell R2500 what a joke 25k would be more appropriate and to be banned from the KNP for life as well as his employer losing the contract to work in the park. Besides these poor animals losing their lives you couldnt even replace then for R2500. if you try and by a live impala you are looking at, at least R600 per animal.

  • Mhla - 2012-05-07 17:32

    R2500 is realy a piece of nonsense . . . Reckless drivers will still continue to kill animals if u only give fine that can only buy toilet paper . .

  • Ann - 2012-05-07 17:34

    Only a R2500 fine? It should have been R10,000!

  • cheslin.white.7 - 2012-05-07 17:50

    What a knob. He should be sentenced to do community service in the park or something similar.

  • samantha.doe1 - 2012-05-07 18:01

    so 7 impalas lives are worth R2500? it's a case of 'lets write him a ticket and forget about it'. i am absolutely appalled by this...I have witnessed such speeding by trucks and buses in the KNP on numerous visits. so sad it takes the death of 7 beautiful creatures for the authorities to wake up and take action.

  • Manu - 2012-05-07 18:13

    The way people are going on you would think that 7 people had been killed. Waiter, reality check please!

      gavin.stone.58 - 2012-05-07 18:38

      Manu, every village has its idiot. No question your Village has established who theirs is.

      Pieter Adriaan Lombaard - 2012-05-07 18:51

      Manu, you probably also condone rhino poaching.

      Phae - 2012-05-07 19:24

      To be outraged at the death of these Impala by someone who doesn't give a damn about endangering them, is in-bedded within many of us. We care deeply about conserving and protecting wildlife and natural habitats. Kruger Park is no place for this kind of human to be in, he should be sent to work at a site out of the Park immediately.

      Mo - 2012-05-07 19:42

      Manu that is the problem with society these days. We place so little value on life. Even if it is an animal, it is still a living being. Why should it get any less respect? Arrogance of humans, seeing that we are nothing more than animals ourselves... And it is because we place no value on animal life that we place so little value on human life. We'll kill each other for the R10 in your wallet, because that is more valuable than the life of a human.

      Manu - 2012-05-08 11:17

      @barend and gavin, well done gentlemen. You have shown us that you are very good at insulting others. It's to be hoped that this is not the limit of your intellect.

      Manu - 2012-05-08 11:20

      @Pieter, I do not condone Rhino poaching. You are confusing a road accident with an illegal hunting expedition. @Phae, the driver was driving at speed on a road. If he was driving at speed through the bush I would understand the logic of your argument.

      Manu - 2012-05-08 11:36

      @Mo, you are right we humans are arrogant and place very little value on life. This story and the comments that go with it are a good example of this. Do you people realise how many Impalas are killed by lions and other predators on a daily basis? and you complain about 7 that were killed by a car. Some have even gone as far as saying that the Impalas were murdered. Murdered?! Murdered?! Let's suppose for a moment that this driver was driving at speed on one of our highways and not KNP. Do you think that anyone here would give a damn? Of course not. But the moment 7 cute little Impalas are killed it's "Oh Lorad, No please he was speeding. Death penalty!" eh? Do you know how many road accidents there are in this country every day? Do you know how many are killed? The devaluation of life starts when people pick and choose which death they are going to be outraged by. If you are going to go ballistic when 7 Imapla are killed and be indifferent to the human death around you then you have to forgive me if I don't believe that you know the value of life.

      Phae - 2012-05-08 12:00

      Not sure how you jumped here, but the roads run through their land so we ARE driving through their bush, and they have right of way at all times. It's like having to give way to pedestrians at a crossing, does this make any sense now?

      gavin.stone.58 - 2012-05-08 13:57

      Manu, you seem to be missing the point. Yes, many people have become complacent with loss of life, whether it be on the roads. This sadly is of our own doing, we choose to get into a vehicle every single day well aware of the risks that we are taking. The fact that it is on the rise is for the same reason - our lack of lack of enforcing real consequence to unlawful users.\r\n\r\nThe Kruger National Park is meant to be a sanctuary for what is NATURAL, UNDISTURBED with as little interference from man. How can you compare Driving a vehicle recklessly through such a sanctuary to the natural order of a Lion eating prey in order to survive. You think people are upset with the fact that 7 animals were killed. NO, people upset with WHERE the animals were killed, HOW they were killed and WHAT was deemed to be suitable punishment. Our lawlessness and lack of consequence is destroying the only NATURAL thing that we have left.\r\n\r\n These animals haven't been given this choice, they have been contained within the said sanctuary by man to try and protect something that is natural, their instincts are to survive from natural predation, not speeding vehicles. Until KNP decides to put in Animal Sidewalks and run road safety 101 courses with the animals any INTELLIGENT person would side with the animals on this one.

      Rob - 2012-05-08 20:06

      Manu...You are a 'Dick Head'....