A South African National Parks (SANParks) employee, based in the Kruger National Park (KNP) was trampled to death in the late afternoon of 30 March 2017.
Another staff member sustained serious injuries. A group of SANParks employees were attacked by a herd of elephants in the Mooiplaas Section of the Park, near the Mopani Rest Camp. The situation and circumstances are still under investigation.
The police and medical professionals were called to the scene to assist the two employees that were attacked. The one employee was unfortunately already deceased by the time they arrived. The other injured staff member was rushed to a hospital in Tzaneen.
“On behalf of the SANParks Management and Staff; we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives and friends of the deceased; and to wish the other colleague who is currently in hospital a speedy recovery”, said the SANParks Acting Head of Communications, William Mabasa.