SANParks members expressed their sadness at the loss of 36-year-old field ranger and dog handler Shando Mathebula after a fatal shooting in the northern section of the Kruger National Park on 4 May.
Mathebula was based at Shangoni Section and was killed in a confrontation with a buffalo while on duty.
‘Very few people have the courage and necessary skills to perform the important undertaking other than Rangers, of which Shando was and will forever be part. His dedication was influenced by the need to promote the principles of Conservation and making sure that our fauna and flora are protected,’ said Acting Chief Executive of SANParks, Dumisani Dlamini.
‘He will rank amongst Rangers who have passed on whilst serving the people of South Africa, protecting the environment, and what the organisation stands for. Etlela hi kurhula – N’wana wa hina; may your soul rest in peace. You upheld the Ranger values and flew the SANParks flag high with dignity.’
The exact circumstances are under investigation by the South African Police and SANParks. The outcome will be communicated when available.