Two Field Rangers arrested in Kruger National Park – SAPeople

Entrance Skukuza, Kruger National Park. Photo: Wikimedia / Altailopard

Two Field Rangers have been arrested in Kruger National Park, on charges relating to fraud, money laundering and corruption.

South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement that they were informed today, April 23, 2022, of the arrests which were the result of a thorough investigation by the Priority Crimes Investigation Branch ( DPCI) – otherwise known as HAWKS. – with the support of Skukuza Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit.

The arrests are part of an ongoing external investigation and no further details are currently available, SANParks said.

Kruger Chief Executive Gareth Coleman said:

“We are proud of the teamwork and dedication of our Rangers Corp, Airmen, K9 Units and ECI Unit, as well as our partners in other law enforcement agencies who carry out their responsibilities under extremely difficult conditions.

“It is regrettable that some of our employees have chosen to engage in illegal activities. As these arrests indicate, law enforcement is watching our actions closely.

“When employees are exposed, it has far-reaching consequences for themselves, their families and their own communities.

“It is only through discipline, honesty and teamwork, combined with a desire to selflessly serve the people of our country, that we can stem the tide of rhino poaching at KNP.”

Denise W. Whigham