National 11.8.2016 07:37 am

Protests force temporary closure of KNP’s Paul Kruger Gate

The Paul Kruger Gate is temporarily closed due to protest action. Picture: Hazyview Herald.

The Paul Kruger Gate is temporarily closed due to protest action. Picture: Hazyview Herald.

Kruger National Park’s guests are advised to use alternative routes such as Phabeni and Numbi Gates until further notice.

William Mabasa, acting head of Communications SANParks, said on enquiry from Lowvelder at 5pm yesterday that marchers submitted a letter with a total number of six demands to the management of the Kruger National Park last Saturday [6 August].

“Amongst others, there was a financial demand which I will not disclose,” said Mabasa when Lowvelder referred to alleged demands from the protesters for a sum to be paid in compensation for an incident allegedly involving illegal fishing in the KNP.

Mabasa confirmed that the gate will only be opened once the demonstrations, which are currently taking place in Cork, have stopped. “We will continue to update the public in that regard.”

On Tuesday [August 9], SANParks informed visitors that the Paul Kruger Gate in Kruger National Park was inaccessible.

This was due to protests on the R536 leading to the gate. Guests were advised to use alternative routes such as Phabeni and Numbi gates until further notice.

According to the Hazyview Herald, the protesters dispersed at around 1pm yesterday, and the road was opened with a warning for motorists to be be cautious when driving on the R536 due to the debris on the road. However, by 5pm, the publication reported that the gate was closed again until further notice.

The Paul Kruger statue. Picture: Lowvelder

The Paul Kruger statue. Picture: Lowvelder

Caxton News Service

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