An employee at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in Kwazulu-Natal was crushed to death by an elephant while surveying indigenous plants on Tuesday, Zululand Observer reports.
Police confirmed the incident and said Thembisile Msimango Mnchunu, 47, of Ngwelezane was walking in the Hilltop area with three male colleagues at about 10am, surveying indigenous plants, when four elephants charged at them.
SAPS spokesperson Captain Jabulane Mdletshe said the victims ran off in different directions.
According to emerging information, Thembisile failed to outrun the elephant, which caught up with her and stepped on her, fatally crushing her.
The three male co-workers managed to escape unharmed.
Distressed Ezemelo KZN CEO David Mabunda expressed his utmost sympathies to the victim’s next-of-kin.
“Our condolences go to the family of our late colleague. I cannot imagine the pain of losing a loved one in this manner,” he said
Mabunda added the tragedy served as a reminder of how unpredictable and dangerous animals could be.
“We request all those who have been touched by this horrible accident to lift up the family of the deceased in their prayers.”
– Caxton News Service