A Rhino poaching suspect has been shot and killed in a gunfight with wildlife rangers at Ndumo Game Reserve, on KwaZulu-Natal’s northern border with Mozambique.
The shooting happened early on Wednesday when a group of three poachers was intercepted in the reserve by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s anti-poaching unit.
Ezemvelo had received information on Tuesday night that a rhino poaching attempt was about to be launched in Ndumo.
According to Ezemvelo rhino security co-ordinator Jabulani Ngubane, rifle shots were fired when the poaching suspects were confronted around 5am.
Ezemvelo officers returned fire and, once the shooting stopped, a critically injured man was found nearby.
He died before an ambulance arrived at the reserve.