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Impala road slaughter: Fine R2500

2012-05-08 07:14

A building contractor has been fined R2500 for killing at least seven impala while speeding in the Kruger National Park.

KNP spokesman William Mabasa said: "Witnesses have stated that the vehicle overtook their cars at high speed, only to slam over the poor impala at the junction of Paul Kruger and Skukuza staff village roads."

RIGHT OF WAY


The driver, who was not a KNP employee, was driving a truck and trailer belonging to contractor Shivers Contracting Company, which was doing work in the park. His name could not immediately be obtained.

The accident happened on May 2 around 5.30pm.

Mabasa said impala, especially fighting rams, tended to chase each other in the bush and over roads, mostly in rutting season.

This was either to gain dominance or to round up females to join their groups.

He said KNP was upset about the deaths of the animals in an area where they were supposed to be protected and safeguarded and had decided to take strict action. The driver was charged and fined under the Protected Areas Act for killing the impala and for endangering other road users.

Mabasa appealed to the public to be on the look-out for animals all over the park when driving and to remember that the animals had the right of way.

"We expect this move will act as a deterrent - we also hope and pray that a similar incident will not repeat itself in future," he said.

SAPA

Comments
  • Fredster - 2012-05-08 09:51

    Come on guys...jokes aside...the buck has to stop here...

  • jacques.pretorius1 - 2012-05-08 09:52

    He should have been fined at least R2500 per Impala he killed! Idiot! How fast do you drive to kill 7 Impala in one go? And this in a Nature Reserve!

      adrian.bruwer - 2012-05-08 12:40

      First sensible post..

      Kon - 2012-05-08 13:32

      They charge you about R1000 per Impala on a hunt - the fine should be at least R7000

  • Wesley - 2012-05-08 10:08

    Disgusting!

  • Peter - 2012-05-08 10:44

    That fine is pathetic!!! It costs around R750 to hunt an impala and he gets off with a R2500 fine!! He should be fined 10 times that and be banned from any national park for the rest of his life!

  • Pagel - 2012-05-08 11:17

    Not sure what the speed limit is (probably 80 or so), but judging by the distance between dead animals (and assuming he braked when hitting the first) he has been going at a significant speed (140 or so). This should be properly investigated (positions, lenghts of brake marks) etc - it will then be clear that it was reckless driving and should be dealt with accordingly.

      mrsku11 - 2012-05-08 11:44

      speed limit is 40km/h in KNP. Also note that they were likely to be next to each other. Note I'm not saying what happened should be ignored but rather fine the company x10 that. If I remember correctly the hours are very strict on when certain gates are closed and he was probably forced to work later then he should have and had to get to the gate before it closes. Mismanagement is to blame and not just the driver.

      marschoeman - 2012-05-08 12:10

      On the tar roads the speed limit is 50 km/h and on gravel roads 40 km/h. It is in the mating season so the impala were in all likelihood not even aware of the car coming until it was to late. The idiot also wanted to drive off afterwards. Make an example: Fine him R10,000 and ban him or the company he works for from entering the park again. Will be the only way to stop this kind of thing happening more and more often.

      Deon - 2012-05-08 17:02

      According to Shivers' spokeswoman, the driver was doing 52km/h as shown by the tracking device. She said the trailer was very heavy and pushed the bakkie when it tried to stop. Well, than the trailer was either overloaded or the brakes was not working.

  • Tim - 2012-05-08 12:39

    always the case with construction vehicles speeding, they are always a timed bomb.

  • jomardl - 2012-05-08 13:38

    R2500 is a joke!

  • Kim - 2012-05-08 13:49

    this is insane!!! HOW do u kill seven impala "by accident"????

  • Jacques - 2012-05-08 16:33

    Insane! What’s happening in SA? NOTHING!!!!!!! The building contractor should be banned from KNP and appropriately fined (not even R2,500 per animal justifies a penalty)! Probably an inside favorable tender contractor.

  • Hallo - 2012-05-08 17:46

    So what did you want? The death penalty?

  • Robert - 2012-05-08 20:27

    Who is this "Tandas" idiot? I very rarely post a comment, but pointless remarks and smirks made whilst others are discussing a very grave matter, really irks me and has to induicate that this respondent should be thrown back into the bush from whence he crawled......or perhaps run him down on the same road.....use the donations of many relieved readers to fund wildlife conservation in KNP.

  • Gavin - 2012-05-09 18:49

    Why disd the IDIOT get off so lightly? R 2 500 per Impala would have been a better punishment. Hope he also gets a ban from all parks in the country.

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