South African cyclist sustains serious injury after scuffle with park rangers

    Nicholas Dlamini hopes to compete in the next Olympics.

    (CNN)South African National Parks will investigate an incident that left a cyclist injured after a scuffle with rangers.

    The confrontation was recorded and shared on social media.
    Nicholas Dlamini at last year's Tour Down Under
    Nicholas Dlamini underwent surgery for a broken left arm Saturday, a day after the incident at the Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, said his team, NTT Pro Cycling.
      Later Saturday, his manager, Mark Sinclair, told CNN in an email that Dlamini "must take legal advice" and would make a statement to police when he is "well enough."
      The video -- caught on film by a fellow cyclist, according to NTT Pro Cycling, and later posted by a Twitter user with the handle @larrymontana -- was played more than 640,000 times by 2 p.m. Saturday in the UK. It showed a ranger pinning the 24-year-old Olympic hopeful against what appeared to be a park vehicle before shepherding him behind it. Other rangers look on.
      Dlamini appears to ask for a video to be taken more than once, at one stage seemingly saying, "Please take a video. My arm is broken."
      It wasn't clear what happened in the moments before the video was taken.
      CNN reached out to the Twitter user who posted the clip but didn't immediately hear back.

      SANParks' claim

      According to South American National Parks (SANParks), Dlamini didn't pay to get into the park and became "aggressive" when approached by officials.
      "We regret having this thing happen in our national park and we continue to wish Nicholas Dlamini a speedy recovery in hospital but what really happened is that these rangers were alerted by gate officials that a cyclist went past the gate without paying the mandatory fees," Reynold Thakhuli, SANParks' acting head of communications, told CNN by phone Saturday.
      "They then approached the cyclist ... who was quite aggressive towards them, which led to this scuffle," Thakhuli said. "We are at a point of appointing an independent investigator, who will interview every single person, including the rangers, gate officials, as well as Mr. Nicholas Dlamini."