honestly – what kind of world are we living in when a speeding idiot screams through the kruger national park (teaming with animals… then again with jerks like this & the rhino poachers we may not have many animals left in the not too distant future!!!) over-taking other cars at an incredible speed only to slam into a herd of impala’s & kill seven….. and what is the penalty for this shocking act….. a R2500 (approx £200)!!!!!!! tragic!

the tragic scene left behind

SKUKUZA – The driver who killed seven impala in the Kruger National Park (KNP) last week was fined R2 500.

Mr Ernest Hickman (51) of Shivers Contracting Company collided with the herd on the Kruger Gate – Skukuza Road on Wednesday.

The accident happened at about 17:30 when he was driving towards Skukuza. Eyewitnesses stated that he overtook their vehicles at high speed, only to slam over the poor impala at the junction of Paul Kruger and Skukuza Staff Village roads.
Hickman was in the park performing maintenance work at the abattoir.

“SANParks not only grieves for the loss of the impala but is also saddened that such an incident took place in a protected area, which is meant for safeguarding of these animals. We have decided to take action against the offending driver; who has been charged with failure to comply with the management rule, Nema: Protected Areas Act, 57/2003 as well as inconsiderate driving to other road users by driving fast on the road and getting involved in an accident, which led to killing our impala,” Mr William Mabasa, head of public relations in the KNP said in a statement.

Impala, especially fighting rams tend to chase each other in the bush and over the roads, mostly when they are in their rutting season; either to gain dominance over each other or to round their female counterparts to join up their harems.

“We’d like to appeal to the public to always be on the look-out for all kinds of species while driving on the roads in the park as they are a general site; therefore please remember that these animals have a right of way,” Mabasa continued.

He added that strict measures had to be taken against Hickman as they cannot afford to allow this sort of behaviour by anyone, including their business partners.

“We expect this move will act as a deterrent, while we also hope and pray that a similar incident will not repeat itself in future,” concluded Mabasa.

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