Staged Robbery at Phabeni - Exercise

Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:44 pm

No tourists involved in staged robbery in Kruger
With a recent staged robbery tourists were processed directly through the gate.
7 hours ago


SKUKUZA – The Protection Services arm of the Kruger National Park (KNP) staged an armed robbery at the Phabeni Gate on Tuesday at 07:00 as a routine exercise.

The station commander of SAPS Skukuza, Capt Phineas Lubisi, did not know about the operation beforehand. When Lowvelder contacted him, he was of the opinion that lives might have been endangered.

WO Patrick Mabuye, however, was informed at the weekly security meeting at MAJOC of the proposed staged armed robbery and could ready his team to speedily react to the call to SAPS Skukuza.

“We had to be careful of the tourists and animals of course but managed to reach the gate at 07:29. You can’t rush through the park,” said Mabuye.

No shots were fired and there was no live ammunition, emphasised Mabuye.

The operation started at 07:00 at the rondawel where the reception is located at Phabeni and was over within 51 minutes, said Mabuye.

A member of the Protection Services acted as one of the alleged suspects trying to rob the reception staff. They were informed and played along.

“When we arrived one of the suspects was already staging the robbery. We conducted an interrogation and then waited for the park’s security to come and do their job. Security at the gate warned the tourists not to be afraid,” said Mabuye.

“We do an exercise like this from time to time to test our state of readiness in terms of our response plans in case of crime incidents occurring in the park,” said Mr William Mabasa, acting head of SANParks Communication.

He emphasised that there were no recent threats of such probable incidents in the KNP.

Mabasa said the management of Protection Services “is happy about their state of readiness”.
He explained that tourists were processed directly to the gate and not to reception. The operation was targeted at the reception area.

“Tourists were around but not involved in any way,” said Mabasa.

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Re: Staged Robbery at Phabeni - Exercise

Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:27 pm

Must I laugh or be shocked -O-

Re: Staged Robbery at Phabeni - Exercise

Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:46 am

-O- Practice is good!

Re: Staged Robbery at Phabeni - Exercise

Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:00 pm

What would have happened if one of the tourists who just happened to be "around" at the time of this staged event were to have had a panic attack or even a heart attack believing that they might be in danger??????

Re: Staged Robbery at Phabeni - Exercise

Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:48 pm

Ja, this thing is a bit funny...the nearest police station is at Cork 10 minutes away, or Hazyview 20 minutes away, but there we go! -O-

Re: Staged Robbery at Phabeni - Exercise

Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:02 am

After all they have to practice and the park is never closed. A sign with "This is only a pretended robbery for the sake of exercise" would explain -O-

Re: Staged Robbery at Phabeni - Exercise

Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:29 pm

PennyinSA wrote:What would have happened if one of the tourists who just happened to be "around" at the time of this staged event were to have had a panic attack or even a heart attack believing that they might be in danger??????
What if a general visitor was armed and present, hence shot the "suspect" O**

Re: Staged Robbery at Phabeni - Exercise

Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:32 pm

Not if there was a sign clearly indicating what was going on!

Re: Staged Robbery at Phabeni - Exercise

Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:51 pm

Good point, BC! :shock:

A sign may have defeated the object a bit, Lis...but I hear everyone knew what was going on anyway...unfortunately only the station commander at Skuks didn't... :-?

Re: Staged Robbery at Phabeni - Exercise

Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:55 pm

I don't think that the tourists are supposed to be involved or :-? .............if they want to make it 100% realistic O**