The Kruger National Park (KNP) managing executive, Dr Bandile Mkhize expressed his sincere sympathies to the next of kin of the two students that died in Pretoriuskop rest camp swimming pool on Friday night, March 14, 2008.
“Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends of the two victims of the incident,” Dr Mkhize said.The bodies of the two students from New Era College in Malamulele were found early on Saturday morning in the fenced-off swimming pool area. On Friday night at about 18h30, camp management reacted to a complaint from another guest staying in the camp who reported rowdy behaviour from the swimming pool area.
The Pretoriuskop duty manager ordered the group to return to their accommodation units and informed the supervisors of the group that if they continued with their inappropriate behaviour, that they would be escorted out of the park. The group returned to their accommodation units and there was no report of anyone missing at that stage.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) arrived on the scene on Saturday morning to investigate the incident and recover the bodies.“We will assist the SAPS with the investigation as far as possible in an attempt to find out what happened,” Dr Mkhize concluded.