South African National Parks (SANParks) today, 04 February 2021 welcomes the decision by the Constitutional Court dated 1 February 2021 to dismiss the application for leave to appeal a High Court decision allowing for the Skukuza Regional Court to continue operating inside the Kruger National Park (KNP). The application for leave to appeal was brought by the Mpumalanga Regional Court President, Naomi Annette Engelbrecht. She wanted to move all cases that were scheduled for Skukuza Regional Court to Mhala Circuit Court. She faced opposition from various people including Mpumalanga’s High Court President Francis Legodi and the National Director of Public Prosecutions. Her decision has been declared invalid and brings to an end the legal battle over the Skukuza Regional Court status.
“We are happy with the decision by the apex court of our country and look forward to the continuation of operations at the Skukuza Regional Court” said Gareth Coleman, Managing Executive of KNP.
The court has undergone refurbishment and will soon hear cases, especially those related to rhino poaching in the KNP.