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.
Ngubane said the man’s age, nationality and other personal details had not yet been established. The other two suspects, including a man carrying a rifle, escaped.
Police had been notified and were expected to investigate the incident. More....