trampled to death by elephants
24 2002 at 03:19PM
28-year-old illegal immigrant from Mozambique was killed in an encounter
with five elephants near Giyani outside the Kruger National Park on
Wednesday, police said.
Inspector Moatshe Ngoepe said three illegal immigrants from Mozambique
had entered South Africa though the Kruger National Park. After making
it though the park, they decided to sleep near Giyani.
On awaking, the men were confronted by five elephants, and fled in different
directions. According to Ngoepe, the elephants pursued one of the men,
Fernado Shishongi, and trampled him to death. The other two men alerted
local residents who contacted the police.
Ngoepe said rangers from the department of environmental affairs went
on a search and found the mutilated body of Shishongi. Ngoepe said the
rangers were searching for the five elephants.
William Mabasa of the Kruger National Park could not confirm whether
the elephants were from the park itself.
Ngoepe said the two illegal immigrants were in police custody and were
being questioned. Police would liaise with the department of home affairs
on deporting them. - Sapa
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