SANParks welcomes the reopening of the Skukuza regional court

The court has not functioned for more than a year due to a legal battle waged by the president of the regional court of Mpumalanga, Naomi Annette Engelbrecht, to close the regional court of Skukuza and transfer all its cases to the regional court by Mhala.

Earlier this year, the Constitutional Court rejected his request for leave to appeal a High Court ruling allowing the Skukuza Regional Court to continue operating inside the Kruger National Park (KNP).

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“Today, we are proud to welcome court officials back to the redeveloped Skukuza Regional Court, to continue their work to bring justice to our iconic rhino species, our rangers and all who are involved in the anti-poaching campaign.

“This decision will save our rangers and officials time and money when they need to provide crucial evidence in poaching cases.

“We are happy that the question of the future of this tribunal is behind us, and we can now move on and focus on the task at hand,” said SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni.

Mketeni also took the time to wish all South Africans a blessed Easter weekend and reminded visitors throughout the day that entry quotas to national parks such as the KNP would be in place from Friday to Monday. April 2-5.

“We urge those who will visit their national parks to drive safely while respecting Covid-19 protocols for their own safety and that of those around them.

“Let’s respect the privacy of others on vacation, respect the speed limits in our national parks and come back inspired by all the beautiful sightings and tranquil landscapes that our parks are popular for,” Mketeni concluded.

Day visitors are advised to book online to avoid disappointment at the gates.

Elna M. Lemons