Echo Wild Game Rangers

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Echo Wild Game Rangers was marketed as a 3 months boot camp. It was founded by Mr de Koker. Some sources has stated that he was reportedly a member of murdered white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche's Iron Guards movement <ref name="tt">Teen dies after being 'beaten' at camp that 'makes men out of boys', By Aislinn Laing, The Telegraph, April 24, 2013</ref>.

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This facility used
corporal punishment

The camp was run as an ordinary boot camp for minors. The boys could be shackled if they were considered a runaway risk <ref name="io">‘He was forced to eat his own faeces’, by SAPA, Independent Online, April 24, 2013</ref>. Corporal punishment was also utilized <ref name=io/> supplemented with electrical shocks mostly referred to as Aversion therapy <ref name=io/>.


  • In 2007, 25-year-old Erich Calitz suffered brain damages while he was attending this camp. In 2009 the camp manager received a suspended sentences due to this death <ref name=tt/>
  • Also in 2007, 19-year-old Nicholas van der Walt died at the camp <ref name=tt/>
  • In 2011 a 15 year old boy died at the camp. Two employees were charged in connection with his death <ref>"Conversion Therapy" Boot Camp Leader On Trial For Torturing And Killing Gay Teens, by Jonathan Higbee, The Instinct Magazine, 29 April 2013</ref>

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