May 9th, 2012
Outcry over the horrific accident in the Kruger National Park in which 7 Impala were killed, and the meagre fine of R2500 imposed on the responsible driver has led to a substantial fine increase as a ban on the driver.
In a statement released by SANParks this morning, they announced that a further penalty amounting to R 21 000 would be imposed on the main contractor of Kgokole Mmakole Trading & Projects CC for failure to comply with the Code of Conduct in respect to the death of seven Impala. In addition, a ban of five years was imposed on the driver of the vehicle involved, prohibiting him from entering the Park for whatever reason.
The Managing Executive of the KNP, Mr Abe Sibiya said "I am completely saddened by this incident and would like to warn all contractors, suppliers, staff members and guests to strictly adhere to the rules and regulations of the Park. Otherwise, severe action shall be taken against any perpetrator without exception. People cannot be allowed to continue to disobey the rules and go unpunished."
"We will up our ante and there will be more arrests and harsher penalties for transgressions in the Park", Sibiya concluded.