Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) were treated to a deplorable sighting when a contractor crashed into a herd of impala on his way to Skukuza. According to eye-witnesses he was speeding and overtaking cars when it happened.

The driver of Shivers Contracting Company, which is owned by contractor Kgokole Mmakole Trading & Projects CC, was fined R2500 and banned five years for killing at least seven impala in the herd. Kgokole Mmakole Trading & Projects CC, was fined R21 000. The incident happened at about 17h30 on Wednesday May 2, 2012 on the Kruger Gate-Skukuza Road. The herd was at the turn-ff to the Skukuza Staff Village.

"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", said the KNP's Head of Public Relations, William Mabasa.

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." He said: "Severe action shall be taken against any perpetrator without exception. People cannot be allowed to continue to disobey the rules and go unpunished."

The driver was 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 impala.

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