Top SA cyclist hospitalised after tussle with park rangers

A top cyclist is being treated in hospital for a broken. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - A top SA cyclist is being treated in hospital for a broken arm, after being manhandled by park rangers in Cape Town.

According to an eyewitness, cyclist Nic Dlamini was entering the Silvermine Nature Reserve on Friday when the Rangers pulled him off his bike.

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In the video filmed by another cyclist, Rangers can be seen pushing Dlamini up against their vehicle.

eNCA spoke to Reynold Thakhuli, from Sanparks. Courtesy #DStv403

They demanded a permit from him to cycle in the reserve.

Dlamini complains that they are injuring his arm before he is pushed into the back of the bakkie.

Contacted by eNCA, Dlamini confirmed he was being treated for his injury.

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SANParks says Dlamini had not paid the conservation fee nor did he have a proof of activity permit.

Reynold Thakhuli from SANParks says there is no intention to blame Dlamini and that a thorough investigation is on the way.

"The rangers were trying to enforce the law. If our rangers are found to be on the wrong side of the law then the law must take its course."