THE nightmare had come true with SANPark’s confirming that a pipe bomb was found in the park, thanks to a K9 tracking dog. The poachers are upping the ante and their actions were due to become even more heinous as the rangers are making headway, little by little.
Two suspicious men were found in a pipeline underneath the railway line in the area of the south western border of the Kruger National Park. Rangers and the K9 unit were patrolling the area at the time and if it was not for their vigilance, it could have had tragic consequences.
The rangers found a suspicious device linked to a batter and after the squad verified it as a pipe bomb, it was detonated at the scene.
CEO of South African National Parks Fundislie Mketeni commended and congratulated the Rangers and K9 unit for their vigilance and swift action. “It enabled us to manage the matter quickly and without incident and it is a reminder to all criminals that no activity will go unnoticed and unchecked in any of our parks,” he said.
“It is unfortunate that South Africans who are involved in such affairs do not seem to realise they are hurting their own people and their own country and are in the process destroying their own heritage. ‘’We urge them to come forward and inform us of who is encouraging this behaviour and to work with us to put an end to this it,” said Mketeni.