Fists fly in Kruger Park fracas

2011-01-12 22:44

Mbombela - Two visitors who were embroiled in a fist fight in the Kruger National Park shortly after Christmas can expect to receive fines in their mail.

The two motorists, one from Durban and the other from Malelane, attacked each other on December 27 on the H4-2 main road between Lower Sabie and Crocodile Bridge.

Their fisticuffs played out in front of Alwyn Myburgh, a professional photographer from Gauteng. He filmed the entire incident and posted the incident on SANParks' web-based forum, which has since been buzzing.

Myburgh said they were watching rhinos when a vehicle stopped nearby. A young man (from Malelane) climbed out of the car and walked into the bush to urinate.

Moments later, a second vehicle from Durban stopped next to the Malelane car.

“An exchange of words started, seemingly because one of the young men had earlier thrown a beer bottle at the Durban car,” said Myburgh.

”The two young men then got out of their vehicles and started hitting each other, in full view of several cars that had stopped.

"Both groups were later confronted about the incident by a game ranger at the Crocodile Bridge camp.

"They were referred to the Komatipoort police station and advised to lay criminal charges if they wanted to take the case further," Myburgh added.

The police in Komatipoort on Wednesday confirmed that the man from Durban was at the station, but said he did not lay a charge.

Reynold Thakhuli, spokesperson for SANParks, confirmed on Wednesday that the incident was being investigated. He said regardless of what led to the fight, both men transgressed the park’s regulations by getting out of their cars.

“As soon as we have studied the photographic evidence, we will most likely issue fines on both transgressors.”

Thakhuli said SANParks condemned the incident - which he had earlier described in a statement as racist - in the strongest terms.

“We will also investigate a complaint that our staff allegedly handled the incident without sensitivity,” he said.

  • immelmap - 2011-01-12 23:06

    Welcome to the rainbow nation.It will always be a pie in the sky

      henk - 2011-01-13 09:45

      jy meen i pie inie bos?

      Jock Bok - 2011-01-13 10:14

      @emzozo....thank you for a good chuckle first thing in the morning here on the cold wet muddy island!!!! I haven't read further down but I suspect the usual suspects will turn this into a race thing.....people fight.....suck it up! Again,

      detect - 2011-01-13 10:54

      Dry behind your ears, immelmap - fights happen all over the world.

      Antoinette - 2011-01-13 11:27

      Emzozo.....thanks! Good giggle!! :)

      Zion - 2011-01-13 13:41

      Typical South Africa: Parks board will use anything to make a few rands.

      Vedder - 2011-01-13 15:20

      you cant get on with everyone, fights happen!As long as no weapons are used there is nothing wrong with a bit of fisty cuffs!But not if you BEES!!

      Iridescent - 2011-01-13 16:09


      Mundu - 2011-01-13 21:11

      I wanna know who won the fight?

      Euphoria - 2011-01-13 21:15

      obviously it was racist, every little thing these days are racist! getting so sick and tired of that word, gan sommer nou kots!!

      Leon - 2011-01-14 09:30

      @Gareth_Clitt. Dont make stupid comments before you know the facts.

      NewZimBobwe - 2011-01-14 10:48

      @Leon..Who invited YOU here ?????????

  • Chop tjop - 2011-01-12 23:36

    Any specials on SAN parks travel packages? (Front row seat to fights, shootings and poachers playing hide and seek!) Wtf moer mekaar ek haat vrede!

  • bb - 2011-01-12 23:55

    Why the hell should a staff member handle this with 'sensitivity'????Throw the book at both of them.Pity there were no lions in the vicinity.

      Antoinette - 2011-01-13 11:27

      man, THAT would've been funny! Show them kids who the real men are and how to fight....

      rene - 2011-01-14 07:24

      good point! "please stop fighting, and stop urinating in the bushes" as if...

      Jamesons - 2011-01-14 11:34

      hey, I uninate in the bushes, its lekker

  • cicboy - 2011-01-13 00:00

    Is this really news worthy? Two drunken tools having a go at each other?

      antediluvian - 2011-01-13 07:47

      in a nutshell

      Magnoman - 2011-01-13 09:05

      drunken and driving drunk - who cares what happens just give me another beer !!! typical bad attitude --- ahhh doesn't matter --- just pay the bribe and get on with it !

      K_za - 2011-01-13 09:10

      I sometimes get the feeling that the media will trump up anything that can remotely stir us up using racism as the card. Think about it...what better way to get news than to stir up a few feelings of racism and hatred. If we were the perfect rainbow nation, there would be nothing to write about.

      Flee - 2011-01-13 09:15

      And now its Racist... "In the strongest terms" to get out of your car in a park... OMgreatness. They should both be fined and banned from the Kruger, but please who the hell mentioned Race?

      Flee - 2011-01-13 09:16

      And the Durban guy should be up for littering... if he did throw the bottle out.. OOhh is that racist too.. Sorry...

      sunitabennett2 - 2011-01-13 10:12

      flee the bottle was thrown at the car from dbn.....but true no one said anything about race

      zwerg - 2011-01-13 11:53

      @flee: the bottle came out of the other car AT THE DURBAN CAR! I believe that is why the fight started first! Some pigs always think they can do anything without beeing confronted afterwords... I hate it!

      Flee - 2011-01-13 12:23

      Repudiator... I read properly.. Thanks and you are the Moron for assuming that the Indian was from Durbs... Wow you sure do stereotype....

      Kenko - 2011-01-13 13:40

      Flee, what Indian? The dark skinned one?

      Flee - 2011-01-13 14:10

      Oooopppsss Kenko My Bad...

      The Patriot - 2011-01-13 15:48

      Flee, no self respecting Indian dude live in Malelane.

  • cicboy - 2011-01-13 00:03

    Is this really news worthy? Two drunken tools throwing punches at each other?

      Great White - 2011-01-13 08:52

      Agreed. Who really cares. Drunken jerks, pity they didn't become lion food.It really is a non event in anybody's terms, unless of course a racist element is sniffed out by the media.

      Great White - 2011-01-13 08:59

      By the same token, it looks as if the white piece of trailer trash and his half clad tjommie started the little fracas. I really am ashamed of my race sometimes. We should be setting and maintaining benchmarks, not sliding downhill.

      word-of-mout - 2011-01-13 09:13

      The news made a good laugh so for me it was worth reading. I also do not think race was any motivation. Just two bullies who needed to teach each other a lesson. If I was there, I would also wish the lion could join them and see who wins. Viva freedom of expresson.

      russ - 2011-01-13 10:26

      We'll know that South Africa is making progress when it's generally acceptable for a black dude and a white dude to klap each other because they disagree about something, and it is not attributed to skin colour/race.

      The Patriot - 2011-01-13 15:49

      Not news worthy but the comment are great fun to read. That the point isnt it?

      mpanzame - 2011-01-13 20:43

      @greatwhite - dont feel bad - at our taxi ranks and townships its not much better.We are just to pisssed to fight about it and frakly couldnt give a hoot about littering

  • beukesgeldenhuys - 2011-01-13 00:46

    some people must still learn that there is a strong code of ethics in places lake the Kruger. If you don't like it, don't go there. You can not make as you please, you can not imagine you are in your village where it might be exceptable to throw rubbish all over the place. Not here. People come here to enjoy nature, and you may not disturb other people who seek peace. You may enjoy yourself in a well-manared way - if you can't - go back to your village where your lack of standards are the norm. Why should people who think they can do whatever they feel like be tolerated? Wake up my friend, we are trying to get move forward in life, not drag ourselves to a level of trashing the place, pissing anywhere, and playing loud music in prestine environments...

      BigfootD - 2011-01-13 06:59

      In case you haven't noticed, the 'pisser' is obviously white, so why the implied racist observation? This is more a case of ignorant little arseholes who cannot behave after a few frosties.

      hendrik.pretorius5 - 2011-01-13 07:48

      Ja ou perd..... so gaan dit nou maar in RSA waar alles tot niet gaan...... jy noem Malelane nou al selfs 'n "village" Die regering sal seker ook nou maar die skuld kry daarvoor om dat wit rassisite 'n bierbottel na die ander man se kar gegooi het. Ek skaam my dood!!!!!!!!

      AlfredNeuman - 2011-01-13 09:30

      Bigfoot, "A young man (from Malelane) climbed out of the car and walked into the bush to urinate." “An exchange of words started, seemingly because one of the young men had earlier thrown a beer bottle at the Durban car,” How does your Bigfoot taste in your mouth?

      AlfredNeuman - 2011-01-13 09:57

      Actually Bigfoot, I apologise. I have no idea who is from Durban and who is from Malelane.

      Iridescent - 2011-01-13 16:11

      how can you tell bigfoot?

      Tgif - 2011-01-14 13:15

      Is this name meant to be Alfred E Neuman ?

  • hermann botha - 2011-01-13 03:03

    If there was a lion lurking in da bush, this eco tourist would have crapped himself. It would then not have been neccessary for the OTHER eco tourist to try and beat the crap out of him. As a matter of interest, which of the two is the brave piddler ?

      ekke - 2011-01-13 09:47

      hermann, lees reg, die WIT man het 'n pis gaan vang in die bos. obviously dik gedrink, dis hoekom hulle bierbottles na die indiër ou se duurder as hulle kar gegooi het. Dis hoekom hy braaf genoeg was om uit sy kar te klim en in die BOs te gaan pee waar leeus en ander wilde diere is?! Maar die dokter wat in die week doodgery is word condemn omdat hy uit die kar geklim het om te gaan pee. Wat van die ander mannetjie met die tattoo op die rug? Hy moet mos dan ook vervolg raak omdat hy uit sy motor geklim het? Op die foto lyk dit egter asof hy homself sommer al klaar in die kar natgepee het!

      Kenko - 2011-01-13 14:06

      @Ekke, wys bietjie uit waar dit staan dat die WIT ou gaan pis het. Ek bly om dit te mis. Al wat ek sien is dat die een van Malelane kom en die ander van Durban. Bly die rasse eksklusief in die onderskeie dorpe? Dis nou weer swak joernalistiek wat maak dat mense mekaar aan die keel wil gryp oor AANNAMES.

      Deon - 2011-01-16 03:35

      Kenko op die fotos sien jy die wit ou het uit die Ford geklim om te gaan pis. Die Ford het 'n MP registrasie (Mpumalanga). Dit is waar Malelane is

  • corro51 - 2011-01-13 05:34

    Record their details, and ban them from visiting any SANParks again.

  • Hungwe - 2011-01-13 05:38

    Ban them both for life from all South African National Parks

      Iridescent - 2011-01-13 16:12

      seriously? how would you propose to do that?

      Deon - 2011-01-16 03:25

      No dont ban them...confiscate their cars and let them walk between camps. The Lions will sort them out

  • AJ - 2011-01-13 05:46

    Next time it happens, could you just issue the fines and not tell us about it...thanks.

      Africanstar - 2011-01-13 12:28


  • SkerP - 2011-01-13 06:13

    'Confronted by a ranger'? Crap... the Croc Bridge section ranger refused to get involved.

  • koeksoda - 2011-01-13 06:24


      gmck21 - 2011-01-13 14:36


  • ebdg3000 - 2011-01-13 06:24

    Racist? Which way round, or both ways?

      quack - 2011-01-13 06:35

      they look like they dancing

      hermann botha - 2011-01-13 07:13

      They look like straight guys, but then you can never tell.

      Iannetian - 2011-01-13 20:01

      hermann - natuurlik is hulle "straight guys" - geen ordentlike moffie tree so op nie.

  • Peter - 2011-01-13 06:48

    ...and now the whole world has to read this about this pettiness. I don't understand that anyone would regard this a 'The News' and post it on this site. Maybe dear Buks needs to be re-educated on what news is and dear Alwyn should have just added his photos to his portfolio.

      TRUE Red - 2011-01-13 10:31

      John Seloa, was this an "Indian" or a "South African Indian" ? If it's the latter, he is born & bred here, like his father before him, and this is his country too !

      Alwyn - 2011-01-14 10:01

      Thanks Dear Peter, I have all of the pics in my portfolio. I'm also intent on making a difference in Our Country for You, For Me and for Our Children.

      Deon - 2011-01-16 02:00

      Peter you dont seem to understand what the Kruger Park is all about. This may be petty if it was outside the Park, but it is criminal to behave like that in SA's paradise and the world should know that we condemn it. Alwyn deserves a medal for exposing those morons

  • PikeLee - 2011-01-13 06:56

    I saw a fight yesterday. Two birds fighting over some bread crumbs I left in the garden for them. I wonder if I can sell the story to news24?

      Lucy - 2011-01-13 07:22

      Hell PikeLee with the fighting over food in the bird trays in my garden I could instigate a full Carte Blanch episode - maybe even start the official investigation into the start of World War Tree! And these are Cape canaries - you'd think they would be more interested in singing.

      PikeLee - 2011-01-13 14:09

      wow, that is incredible! Not many people get to see that. You should get a hold of discovery channel as well. They investigate strange animal behavior. I think it's called "animal CSI" I'm sure I saw something similar on CNN. It involved Rudolf the red nose reindeer and Roger rabbit. We should contact Carte Blanch, 3rd degree and the FBI. This seems to be a growing trend!

  • MACH1000 - 2011-01-13 07:19

    Thakhuli, if you throw a bottle at me and I retaliate. Does that make me a racist? I don't care if you are pink, purple or blue. If you don't have manners and target me. I will give you the hiding you never got from you mommy.

      Hannes Perth - 2011-01-13 08:02

      Where your fists starts your brain stops.

  • Will99 - 2011-01-13 07:21


  • richietarr - 2011-01-13 07:33

    Judging by the picture, my bet is on the white guy. That other chap is about to catch it on the chin properly!

      gmck21 - 2011-01-13 14:37

      HAHA I agree fully!

      sbuda - 2011-01-14 10:04

      i disagree, the indians fist is much closer to the pink face and he has all his weight behind that fist. he probably floored the drunk fck

  • HadEnuf - 2011-01-13 07:37

    Why don't they fine the chop in the foreground taking pictures ? He is also out of his car.

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-13 16:22

      Because they should really be fined for littering and pissing in public. Getting out of your car is not a crime. In any event the park authority can lay a charge of assault. Since when must a specific person lay the charge?(Actually I know since when: since the police are too lazy to work)

  • Vigorous - 2011-01-13 07:39

    how pathetic!!!!

  • markwmilligan - 2011-01-13 07:44

    As punishment, handcuff them together, drop them in the middle of the Kruger Park and let them walk back to camp together. Lets see how long these idiots last.

      MACKAROONEY - 2011-01-13 16:22


  • antediluvian - 2011-01-13 07:47

    in a nutshell

  • Luna - 2011-01-13 07:51

    how funny would it have been, if a lion came charging out of the bushes at that exact moment they started fighting? It would teach them to not get out of the car for any reason. - 2011-01-13 08:48

      Lol!! Can you just imagine how funny that would have been......

      Flee - 2011-01-13 14:12

      I think the Dude that peed, would go from a number one to a number Twooo in 3 secs flat hahahah

  • santoro29 - 2011-01-13 07:53

    Looks like a mean Salsa dance ! Bunch of clowns

  • Chnel - 2011-01-13 08:00

    Nothing like a nice "Old School" fist fight!!!

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-01-13 08:05

    the rumble in the jungle 2

      MACKAROONEY - 2011-01-13 16:23

      you said it

  • Willie - 2011-01-13 08:06

    Go view the rest of the photos here,

      Wanna be chef - 2011-01-13 09:02

      Thanks, for this, unfortunately there is only 3 photos.

  • Withond - 2011-01-13 08:17

    And the racist card is played again! Who is the racist? I think it is Thakhuli, why can"t the incident be seen as a fist fight between two men? As soon as these gov tjommies comment they always play the racist trick, so childish, as with Winnie the Pooh!

      PikeLee - 2011-01-13 14:36

      agreed. The one dude looks like a polish retard, and the other one like an obese Paki. I think they were both just drunk. making this a race this is very stupid. If you were not there to see what happened, don't say stupid things

  • KarelBotha - 2011-01-13 08:21

    Float like a butterfly, sting like a PK

      sbuda - 2011-01-14 10:05

      hahahahahahahaha EPIC!!!

  • Darwinian - 2011-01-13 08:29

    This is what South Africa has become... Citizens that HATE each other to the core. It is so sad, and it probably will never change, as the parents are just spreading the hate. Sport breed patriotism??? I doubt it

      siphiwec - 2011-01-16 11:12

      I feel your frustration, some families are teaching their young to respect and love irrespective of skin color, other families are still teaching their young ones that their skin colour is superior and any other skin colour is a houtkop, baboon and incompetent. I still believe that one day all this will change as I believe in New S.A.

  • - 2011-01-13 08:33

    Just 2 drunk assholes that cannot control their anger

  • - 2011-01-13 08:34

    Thats hilarious! Surprised people aren't shouting race war!

      Flee - 2011-01-13 09:28

      UUmmm they are... Just give the idiots about an hour and it will all be about the White guy being a Racist... SAD!!

      jmokgotlhoa - 2011-01-13 12:03

      Yeah Flee, it smacks of racism, being pissed and all, the white guy probably called the Durbanite something about curry, instead of apologising. It looks like he just received an uppercut for his efforts though...

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-13 16:24

      Read the story all the way to the end and you'll see they are.

  • - 2011-01-13 08:35

    HAHAHAHA! nice pic, would love to see the rest. Jesus people are just too aggro! Chill Yo!

      cammaratagerardo - 2011-01-13 15:41

      I don't think it's just Jesus people who are aggro, but they sure make up the bulk of it.

      Iridescent - 2011-01-13 16:14

      do you mean: "Jesus, people are just to aggro" or "Jesus-people are just too aggro"? because that implies two different things...

  • - 2011-01-13 08:37

    Old News....

  • Keith Pyper - 2011-01-13 08:38

    2 drunks that doesn't all over SA on the weekends.

  • Gatvolverby - 2011-01-13 08:38

    Real men do not urinate in the bushveld, always keep it real boy. But the thing that got my attention is that is blammed on that racist thing again, for fooksakes yes it was wrong to urinat in the bushveld and then a few words and then the boys sorted it out by throwing their damn fists, now it is blammed on racism for goodness sake if some one swears at you your wife or your child or if some one shows his cock to your wife and children you will swear at him and maybe put him in his place with the fist, I know i will. But no racist again what al load of bullshit. - 2011-01-13 09:06

      "What the F##@ are you K%$lies doing in his land" - quotes from another report. Is that not racist? Maybe he should have pissed on the K$%lies and then maybe you would have raised a brow.

  • Smanga - 2011-01-13 08:38

    they fight like girls... LOL!

  • Gareth - 2011-01-13 08:40

    Who won?

      Smaal - 2011-01-13 10:38

      Was wondering the same.

      perrrleeez - 2011-01-13 11:00

      yeah, me too!

      Deon - 2011-01-16 03:20

      The both lost

  • ebdg3000 - 2011-01-13 08:45


      sistersledge - 2011-01-13 15:24

      Hahahahaha, where were the animals, those two animals are really out of their trees.....

  • Don - 2011-01-13 08:46

    Obviously a bit of drink involved. Both idiots should receive a life ban from the Park...

  • Paul - 2011-01-13 08:46

    Would have been fucking good news had a lion eaten them !!!

      ronbonjon - 2011-01-13 09:04

      Oh geez paul i totally agree, and used them for toothpicks ha ha, morons

  • Eksêmanet - 2011-01-13 08:52

    Hoekom is dit rassisties as twee mense met verskillende vel kleur 'n meningsverskil het???

      Paul - 2011-01-13 09:26

      Want swart mense is kleinseerig.

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-13 16:26

      Hey wag net so beikie darem. wil ook darem net byse dit was nie die charra wat gekla het nie, dit was die swartmens by die parkeraad wie nie eens daar was nie.

  • Wanna be chef - 2011-01-13 09:06

    And my parents want me to take the kids there? Nudity, violence and crimen injuria, other violations etc. ???? No j/bay was very calm and nice. I like the beach way better.

      Anne - 2011-01-13 22:34

      Drunken fights can happen everywhere, depending on where the liquor is consumed. I bet there are way more drunken fights in JBay than in the Kruger Park.

  • K_za - 2011-01-13 09:07

    Disgusting!!! Grown men disrespecting a National Park in front of possible foreign tourists?! Urinating in the bush. Sies! They are common and an embarrassment to every single decent South African.

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-13 16:27

      I wouldn't call the two lighties in the opel corsa grown men.

  • ronbonjon - 2011-01-13 09:10

    Sorry to sound stupid, how do you work out which one came from Durban and which one from Malelane, even if its the most idiotic thing to have ever made the headlines - 2011-01-13 09:22

      Why do you want to be the rational one here? Just throw your ignorance out there and hope you will find like-minded people. According to some, unethical village people were the once who threw rubbish all over the place

      ronbonjon - 2011-01-13 10:23

      Ignorance? why dont you go back to school and learn how to write before you post anything

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-13 16:27

      simple really. the registration numbers on the cars. - 2011-01-13 17:06

      You picked up on ignorance and you missed the "once"?. Heard of sarcasm? Or is that you Ronny? Long time no speak! Still rememer how we ditched school just to go to the dam an vang vis. Those were the days.

      ronbonjon - 2011-01-14 08:47

      Ha Ha bongza, nope its not ronny :)

  • donnelly.ann - 2011-01-13 09:10

    Isn't it ironic that mankind, supposedly the most advanced and intelligent of all the animals, behaves worse than any of the other animals in the Kruger Park?

      Kenko - 2011-01-13 14:14

      At least the real animals had a good show, nogal for free. Word will spread, and next weekend that part of the bush will be teeming with animals.

      BlackSwan - 2011-01-13 16:16

      Animals fight and urinate as well .....seems on par to me

  • ton - 2011-01-13 09:19

    for tourist purposes one could always say that the joy from being in the bush makes you want to waltz - looks like these two are doing the "saki-saki" what a bunch of pr....s.

  • FARRELB - 2011-01-13 09:23

    In the jungle the mighty jungle the lion sleeps, awa awa. The lion was probably having a laugh and decided it was more exciting watching these two then attacking them.

  • Ange - 2011-01-13 09:31

    This story should be reported that 3 half wits have been BANNED for life from entering the Kruger for being total IDIOTS and exposing poor rhinos to such embarassing behaviour from supposed superior intelligent mammals. The so called photographer should also be banned for getting out of his car - contravening the rules of the park - NO EXCUSE - Just to get a video to make a name for himself - SELFISH!!!!!!!! Hope Mother Nature does not allow those two to procreate!!

  • emzozo.. - 2011-01-13 09:33

    IT ALL ABOUT THE PISS....(URINE) question: Before the fight start did the other told the pisser to zip his trousers as the fight is about to start? why did he piss on another man's territory? for the facrt the he pissed on his territoty that really pissed him off.....we need more pictures as maybe we may see the pissing equipment dangling durring the fight cause one did not get time to zip it in!!!