Second ranger's body found

2012-06-26 14:27

Durban - A second missing KwaZulu-Natal field ranger has been found dead, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife said on Tuesday.

The body was discovered close to where the first ranger was found dead on Monday, spokesperson Musa Mntambo said.

Mbazwani Mhlongo, 57, and Phumlani Mthembu, 34, went missing at Lake Nhlabane in the Enseleni Nature Reserve on Friday.

They were part of a four-man patrol that found four gill nets and a canoe at the reserve, which they decided to confiscate.

Mhlongo and Mthembu opted to paddle the canoe back to base, while the other two walked back.

On Sunday a paddle - believed to be one of those used by the missing rangers - was found. The empty canoe was discovered on Monday morning.

Mntambo said arrangements were being made to bring the families of the two rangers to a local mortuary, to identify the bodies.

Post-mortems would be conducted to determine the cause of death. Trauma debriefing and counselling for both families, and the two men's colleagues, had been arranged.

Ezemvelo chief executive Dr Bandile Mkhize expressed his condolences to the bereaved families.

  • Bardy - 2012-06-26 14:36

    I am telling you now that this was a murder... They did not drown. The owners of those nets and canoe discovered them and killed them!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-26 14:46

      Let's wait for the autopsy mkah?

      sithembiso.inno - 2012-06-26 15:25

      U crazy man...these guys were unfortunate and neglegent

      gungets.tuft - 2012-06-26 15:25

      And left the canoe and nets behind? Far more likely that they fell out, or got knocked out by a hippo, and drowned.

      Raymond - 2012-06-26 15:51

      Bardy, if you saw what these little dugouts looked like, you would think otherwise. They are very rickety and unstable. I would battle to imagine 2 guys paddling in one of these things safely. The lake is also very big, with waves when there is a bit of a wind, combined with many hippos which were recently sighted in the very same area.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-26 14:45

    Ah no! RIP...

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-26 14:45

    Very sad indeed. Was hoping for a better outcome. RIP.

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-26 14:46

    I was afraid this was going to turn out bad. I wonder what happened. I presume if it was an animal attack they would have told us?

  • fhumulani - 2012-06-26 14:55

    From my view, the canoe may have capsized in the middle of the lake, at it is well known that most Blacks in that province don't know how to swim, and for my knowledge of the org (EKZNW) they always make sure that you have life-saving jackets before u enter the waters so I think some negligent of OHSA should have occurred there, anyhow may their souls RIP . #its time the org must take swimming lessons seriously, esp at the coast region

      gungets.tuft - 2012-06-26 15:29

      They were paddling a confiscated boat - so the OHS people would not be involved, other than to tell them not to paddle the boat. And you would be surprised how many young black folk swim very well indeed, in fact a lot of black people are lifeguards. These were older men however and might not have had that experience. Nobody needs to be at fault - why can it not just be a sad accident??

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-06-26 15:15

    This is very suspicious.Looks like murder to me too.We just have to wait for the autopsy

  • Wayne - 2012-06-26 15:36

    Terribly sad news. RIP and condolences to their families.

  • Roy - 2012-06-26 18:00

    agree with Bardy.

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