Two men accused of rhino poaching appeared in the Hluhluwe Magistrate's Court, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday.
During Thursday's court proceedings Siphesihle Nthlengethwa, 23, and Mandla Zulu, 35, were charged with possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, attempted murder, attempting to hunt rhino, and trespassing, Captain Thulani Zwane said.
Their case was postponed to May 30 for a bail application.
“On Tuesday our members received information about suspects who were on their way to hunt rhino at Phinda Game Reserve, near Hluhluwe in the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal,” Zwane said.
Police confronted four armed men in the reserve. A shootout ensued and one of the four was killed. Another man was wounded and taken to hospital under police guard. The other two were arrested. Police confiscated their guns and an axe.