An alleged rhino poaching kingpin was shot while sitting in his car outside a shopping complex.
Petros Sidney Mabuza, 57, was sitting in his Ford Ranger double-cab bakkie next to a shopping complex in Hazyview when a group of armed men opened fire on him.
Police said the deceased was facing an array of rhino poaching-related charges in the High Court.
Mpumalanga police are hunting a group of men who gunned down a suspected rhino poaching kingpin in an apparent hit in Hazyview on Thursday and wounded a passer-by.
Hlathi added that the deceased had previously been arrested on several charges of rhino poaching and the cases were currently before the High Court.
He said Mabuza had been in and out of the courts since 2018 on rhino poaching charges.