Late ranger remembered at International Ranger’s Day

At the Kruger Gate, a plaque was unveiled to commemorate Respect. (Photo: Deneys Nieuwoudt.)

KRUGER National Park (KNP) Management and staff members held a ceremonial event to pay homage to the Ranger Corps, the living, the injured and those who passed on in their line of duty for the protection of fauna and flora of the Park as part of the International World Ranger Day celebrations.

The highlight of the ceremony was a tribute to the late field ranger, Respect Mathebula, who was shot and killed in a contact with a poaching group on 19 July 2018. He was the first ranger killed in the anti-poaching war in 60 years (since 1958.) Crocodile Bridge section where Respect was based, has been one of the hotspots in the Park for  illegal incursions, the eastern boundary wherein incursions  from Mozambique  occur. He faced the greatest adversity and left an indelible mark; we will remember Respect forever” said the KNP Managing Executive, Glenn Phillips.