Kruger Attack: couple will not be charged

2014-01-16 14:43

Elephant rolls car - Shock footage of latest Kruger incident

2014-01-13 15:46

Shock footage has emerged of the most recent elephant attack in the Kruger National Park, which shows that two foreign tourists took unnecessary risk while on a self-drive safari.WATCH

The South African National Parks (SANParks) management says it can understand the public outcry and anger over the Kruger Elephant attack and killing, but has asked the public to have confidence in the park's decision.

Watch the Kruger Elephant attack video here

Speaking from the Kruger National Park, the Managing Executive Abe Sibiya said, "The incident is a consequence of the park allowing people to enjoy the natural environment; unfortunately some do so in an irresponsible manner.

“While it is expected in an environment such as the Kruger National Park that human and animal conflict will always occur, it is also vitally important that members of the public, visiting various national parks, should always adhere to the rules.”

Sibiya said the decision to euthanize the animal was not taken lightly but based on the assessment from the park's experienced rangers who indicated that the animal was likely to attack tourist vehicles in the future.

He said to bring closure to the matter SANParks would need co-operation from the visitors that took the video.

“The law stipulates that evidence such as this should be accompanied by a written statement from eyewitnesses as the footage cannot be the only permissible evidence in order to sanction any fine against the alleged perpetrators,” Sibiya said.

News24 Travel contacted the reader who submitted the footage and he has declined to take the matter further.

A pic of the blue Volkswagen Polo, driven by the two tourists has also surfaced - as a final illustration of the consequences of irresponsible actions while on safari.

“Tourists need to change their behavior when on self-game drives… we drive this message in our communication at check-in points, on our brochures and on the permits... and we appeal to our patrons to act in a responsible manner," Sibiya said.

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