Rhino poacher shot dead in KZN

Five suspected poachers have been arrested in a KwaZulu-Natal game reserve.

Five suspected poachers have been arrested in a KwaZulu-Natal game reserve. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A suspected poacher has been shot dead and five more arrested in the Thula Thula Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.

The man was killed in a shootout between game rangers and the suspected poachers on Tuesday morning.

One of the rangers was also wounded in the altercation.

The police's Thulani Zwane says, "A case of murder as well as attempted murder was opened. The police managed to arrest five suspects and recovered a 303 rifle."

More than 700 rhino have been poached in South Africa since January.