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The SA National Defence Force released the names of the five soldiers who died in a helicopter crash at the Kruger Park.
“It is with sadness that the SANDF announces the names of the members who were in a fatal helicopter crash,” the department of defence said in a statement.
The soldiers were: Captain Jacobus Andries van Rensburg; Captain MP Chabalala; Sergeant Paulus Shongela Ndishishi; Sergeant GP Ruiters and Lance Corporal Bheki Petros Cele.
A helicopter conducting a scheduled aerial patrol of the Kruger National Park — as part of an anti-rhino poaching operation — crashed, killing the five SANDF members on board.
The SANDF said a preliminary investigation was currently underway to establish the sequence of events that led to the crash.
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Chief of the SANDF, General Solly Shoke, and Chief of the SA Air Force, Lieutenant General Zimpande Msimang expressed their heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the soldiers