SANParks ranger getting counselling after attacked by cyclists in Newlands

The official at the Newlands picnic site was insulted, racially abused and pelted with stones after cyclists demanded entry to a cordoned-off section earlier this month.

FILE: The section is one of three that remain closed to the public following last month's Table Mountain blaze. Picture: 123rf.com

JOHANNESBURG - South African National Parks ranger is undergoing trauma counselling after she was attacked by a group of cyclists in Newlands, Cape Town.

The official at the Newlands picnic site was insulted, racially abused and pelted with stones after cyclists demanded entry to a cordoned-off section earlier this month.

Rondebosch police are probing the matter.

The aggressive men disrespected the woman's authority, jumped over a wall and entered the area marked as a danger zone.

The section is one of three that remain closed to the public following last month's Table Mountain blaze.

SANParks Rey Thakuli on Tuesday said: “They also called her the K-word, which is not used in our country.”

He's called on the public to assist in reducing the number of attacks on rangers: “Rangers are on the same level as police officers, they are allowed to arrest and administer law enforcement.”

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