A game lodge outside Middelburg, Mpumalanga – which ran a boot camp in March 2014 during which Charline Viljoen was badly injured – has to pay her R1.3m in damages.

Weekend Argus reports Viljoen (36) broke her ankles when she fell from a zipline into a dam beneath. She claimed that the people who ran the boot camp never showed her how to operate the zipline.

The owners of the uBhetyan African Game Lodge, however, said that Viljoen had known the risks posed by a boot camp and she was fine with it. They also claimed that the fall had been her fault, as her hands had been wet and the handle of the slide had slipped out of her hands.

The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) found that the owners of the lodge were 100% liable for her damages because no one had demonstrated to Viljoen how she was supposed to operate the zipline.

The court found the owners had a legal duty to ensure boot camp participants were safe, but that there had been no trained marshals.

Judge Ronel Tolmay said she took into consideration that Viljoen was disfigured and unable to take part in activities as before.

Her award of R1.3m included R730 000 for future medical costs and R400 000 in general damages.

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