I did nothing wrong: giraffe transporter

Johannesburg - The company that transported the giraffe that died in Gauteng this week said the bridge the animal hit its head on was too low, the Beeld reported on Saturday.

"We drove at a speed of 48km/h and drove safely under 31 bridges. There was no warning that the Garsfontein bridge was unsafe", marketing officer for Ditjabe Wildlife Services Dirk Boshoff was quoted as saying.

"I am not here to kill animals. I only transport them."

He said he drove behind the truck and trailer on Thursday that transported two giraffes from the Meyersdal Eco Estate in Alberton, east of Johannesburg.

The giraffe hit its head while being transported, along with another giraffe, on a truck on the N1 in Pretoria.

Boshoff said regulations were followed, however, engineer for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project Ken Harrison told Beeld that there was nothing wrong with the bridge and that it met all the legal clearance determinations.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) is considering laying charges against the driver and said on Friday that it was still investigating and considering charges in terms of the Animal Protection Act.

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John Buang 2014-08-02 11:52:10 AM
This is is sad.
Rodgers Mabasa 2014-08-02 11:54:22 AM
In most cases people learn from past experiences. Few years ago the Giraffe was electrocuted because the medium voltage line was not high enough inside the game park
Margaret Cox 2014-08-02 11:54:30 AM
Oh - so it was all the bridge's fault?
John Greystoke 2014-08-02 11:56:20 AM
The bridge too low? So, we must now build bridges with giraffes in mind? I thought I've heard it all! Use your brain Dirk. When you approach a bridge surely you think about the height of your load?
Akhenaten 2014-08-02 11:58:34 AM
So bridge no. 32 was lower than all the others but 'the bridge met all the legal requirements'. Strange.
Tavengwa Chivirira Muchini 2014-08-02 12:00:09 PM
So Keny Harison is recommending substandard bridges.The experience of having a giraffe killed proves that the bridge is substandard.
Liam John 2014-08-02 12:00:24 PM
Don't consider laying charges,Lay dam charges and fine this man.
Tyrone Whiting 2014-08-02 12:01:09 PM
well there we go ladies and gentlemen lets blame it on the bridge as the driver does not have eyes or brains.
Lasley O Zu 2014-08-02 12:01:28 PM
If you've ever watched the movie 'Hangover 3', you'll find this story pretty hilarious.
Stuart Shaw 2014-08-02 12:03:23 PM
I think the "bridge being too low" needs to be clarified to apportion blame. Did it have a sign / recorded as e.g. 6m high but was only 5.5m? We know how efficient our illustrious government is! If indeed all is in order then the transporter should go to jail....