Colleagues in shock after Limpopo ranger killed by poachers

2016-06-21 12:18

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Hoedspruit - Members of a Limpopo anti-poaching unit are "shocked and completely bewildered" after a ranger, 24, died at the hands of poachers.

The ranger, who cannot be named until his family members have identified his body, was part of the Protrack Anti-Poaching Unit in Hoedspruit.

"This has never happened to us before and it is like having to work with only one leg. The other two rangers who were also on the scene are so shocked and completely bewildered. They literally saw and experienced their colleague's death and they couldn't help him. We are finding it very difficult to deal with," said Protrack representative Corporal Glen Thompson.

Thompson said the three rangers were patrolling the Forever Resort, just outside Bela-Bela, when they were ambushed by seven alleged poachers who shot the 24-year-old early on Friday morning.

He said two poachers then tied the other two rangers' hands and feet with cables. The two managed to free themselves later and called for help, but it was too late for their colleague who had been shot in the leg.

The Heritage Protection Group is following up on several leads after the attack.

According to Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto, no arrest has been made yet.

"No one has been arrested in connection with the murder. Our investigation is continuing," said Otto.

Thompson said the unit and a non-governmental organisation were assisting the family with the funeral and other arrangements.

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