By Nosipho Mngoma
A suspected poacher has been killed and five others arrested after a shoot-out with security guards at a Zululand game reserve.
Shots were first heard at the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve at about 7am on Tuesday, said employee, Vusi Gumede.
This alerted security guards on patrol who went to investigate. After following footprints, the security guards spotted five men and pursued them.
Gumede said the guards told him they had found five suspected poachers as they tried to escape under the electric fence. He said the men opened fire on the guards, shooting one four times.
The guards retaliated, killing one of the suspects. The others escaped, leaving behind a .303 rifle.
Gumede said the injured guard was in a stable condition in hospital.
Police arrived at the reserve at about 9am. After visiting in the nearby Ntambanana village, police arrested four men.
Police spokesman, Captain Thulani Zwane, said it had been established that the firearm was licensed and belonged to the father of the alleged poacher who was killed. More....