Moses Ndlovu, 31, from Bulilima district near Plumtree, and his friends reportedly spotted three elephants - two females and a bull - on Saturday morning.
Police spokesman Philani Ndebele told the Chronicle the men had tried to herd the animals to an area where they could more easily take photos.
Quote Message: He called his two friends and they attempted to drive the elephants into a clearing at Bhagani Business Centre where they could take pictures." from Inspector Philani Ndebele
He called his two friends and they attempted to drive the elephants into a clearing at Bhagani Business Centre where they could take pictures."
But the elephants charged the trio and the bull trampled Mr Ndlovu to death, the inspector said.
His body was found the following day by a passerby, who reported the matter to the village head.
Quote Message: Jumbos are known to be dangerous animals and what these men did was risky. I would like to urge people to ensure that they take responsibility for their lives and desist from engaging in dangerous acts." from Inspector Philani Ndebele
Jumbos are known to be dangerous animals and what these men did was risky. I would like to urge people to ensure that they take responsibility for their lives and desist from engaging in dangerous acts."
Kenyan top lawyer to apologise for plagiarism
One of Kenya's top lawyers renowned for his eloquence has agreed to apologise within 14 days for plagiarising the work of a fellow colleague.
Patrick Lumumba, known as PLO, agreed to write a letter of apology to lawyer Wachira Maina and another to the Law Society of Kenya and affiliated bodies to withdraw and delete the 10,000-word article - From Jurisprudence to Poliprudence: The Kenyan Presidential Election Petition 2013 - which was published in 2015.
Mr Wachira accused him of lifting close to 5,000 words verbatim from his own piece that had been published by the East African newspaper on 20 April 2013, Kenya's Star newspaper reports.
Mr Lumumba served as the the boss of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission from September 2010 to August 2011 and is currently the director of the Kenya School of Law.
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has announced that it has, after all, opened an inquiry into a video which appears to show troops carrying out a massacre on unarmed civilians.
It initially denounced the video as a fake made by an opposition group and resisted international and local calls for an investigation.
The footage, which emerged over the weekend, appears to have been filmed in Kasai Central province, where Congolese forces have been fighting a militia group.
The US has condemned what it called the heinous abuses shown in the video.
Nigerians demand end to South Africa xenophobic attacks
BBC Africa, Abuja
Dozens of Nigerians have staged an anti-xenophobia protest outside the South African embassy in the capital, Abuja.
Members of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, which organised the demonstration, called on the South African authorities to stop attacks on other African nationals.
The protesters carried placards such as “South Africa we say stop killing our people” and chanted slogans denouncing the attacks.
Earlier this week a top Nigerian government official called on the African Union to intervene but the proposal was reportedly dismissed by a South African official who said the attacks were isolated.
There are about 120 South African companies in Nigeria including telecommunication giant MTN and chain of Supermarket Shoprite.
A protester told the BBC:
Quote Message: We are doing this because of the killings taking place in South Africa, we want to express our displeasure over that and urge them to take measures to address the situation.
We are doing this because of the killings taking place in South Africa, we want to express our displeasure over that and urge them to take measures to address the situation.
Quote Message: We presented a petition in which we want them to call their people to order. We have foreigners here and it will not be good if there is reprisal attacks that will not make world a peaceful place to live.”
We presented a petition in which we want them to call their people to order. We have foreigners here and it will not be good if there is reprisal attacks that will not make world a peaceful place to live.”
The South African ambassador to Nigeria, Lulu Louis Mnguni, received the petition and told the protesters his government was going to deal with the situation.
He said that the attacks were unfortunate and unwarranted despite "the frustration and anger should that people might be feeling".
Mr Mnguni added that the attacks were not unique to South Africa and blamed underdevelopment, poverty and unemployment on the continent.
Army medics 'deployed to Zimbabwe hospitals'
Zimbabwe has deployed army medics to work at major public hospitals following a week-long strike by junior doctors, Reuters news agency quotes a senior government official as saying.
Gerald Gwinji, permanent secretary in the health ministry, said the strike had put pressure on public hospitals, which were already struggling with shortages of drugs and under-funding.
Edgar Munatsi, president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association, told Reuters that doctors wanted their on-call allowances to be increased to $10 (£8) an hour from the current $1.20.
He said more than 400 doctors were staying away from work, warning that senior doctors could also join the strike.
Poachers kill two rhinos at South African orphanage
Poachers have killed two rhinos during a vicious attack on an animal orphanage in South Africa.
Rhinos Impi and Gugu had their horns taken after a gang of poachers took staff hostage at the Fundimvelo Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday night.
Gugu was killed instantly but Impi survived, only to have to be put down the next morning due to his injuries.
Staff members are understood to have been assaulted during the attack.
The rhinos had been due to have their horns removed next week to protect them from ivory traders, according to local media.
In the other incident 240 people who were held in military detention centers at a facility at Giwa barracks in Maiduguri in the north-east died because of overcrowding, starvation and disease, Amnesty says.
The captives were fleeing Islamist Boko Haram militants who operate in the area, it says.
The army said the report was "orchestrated to blackmail and ridicule the Nigerian army":
Quote Message: [It ]is yet another in its series of spurious fabrications aimed at tarnishing the good image of the Nigerian military.
[It ]is yet another in its series of spurious fabrications aimed at tarnishing the good image of the Nigerian military.
Quote Message: The report is rather contrived lies orchestrated to blackmail and ridicule the Nigerian Armed Forces which they have unsuccessfully tried to do in the past.
The report is rather contrived lies orchestrated to blackmail and ridicule the Nigerian Armed Forces which they have unsuccessfully tried to do in the past.
Quote Message: The truth is that the Nigerian military has always been open in its operations and do not hide its activities from the probing eye of the public. Amnesty International chose to bandy fabricated reports and concocted stories instead of seeking clarifications from the relevant authorities."
The truth is that the Nigerian military has always been open in its operations and do not hide its activities from the probing eye of the public. Amnesty International chose to bandy fabricated reports and concocted stories instead of seeking clarifications from the relevant authorities."
Somalia president faces challenges
BBC Monitoring's Africa security correspondent
The inauguration of Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed was a colourful even though it was held in a hangar at Mogadishu’s international airport.
Security was tight at the airport and commercial flights were suspended.
Heads of states from Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia jetted in for the event.
The threat from al-Shabab militants remains and the group has promised to continue attacking the new government.
In his speech, President Mohamed appealed to the militants to lay down their weapons and help rebuild the country.
The president commended the African Union troops for their efforts in stabilising the country – however he also highlighted the importance of rebuilding Somalia’s military to take over security duties.
Mr Mohamed also faces the huge task of leading the country’s economic recovery after decades of conflict.
In addition he pledged action to fight rampant corruption and a drought crisis - which are immediate challenges for the new administration
Body of 'Blind Sheikh returned to Egypt'
The body of the mastermind of numerous bomb plots in New York in the early 1990s has been brought back to Egypt, the Associated Press news agency reports.
Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, a blind cleric who preached at mosques in New York, was sentenced to life in 1996 for planning the attacks.
His body was handed over to his family for burial on Wednesday, following his death in a US federal prison over the weekend.
Rahman and nine others were convicted of planning a "war of urban terrorism" in the US which would have culminated in five bombings of prominent New York landmarks including the George Washington Bridge and the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels.
He was also accused of inspiring the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, but was not convicted over that attack.
Often referred to in the US as the Blind Sheikh, Rahman was also suspected of roles in numerous other violent attacks in Egypt in addition to developing close links with al-Qaeda.
Kenyan inmates register to vote
A BBC team has been at Kenya’s Kamiti Maximum Security Prison this morning… not for breaking the law, but to witness prisoners registering to vote.
BBC/Peter NjorogeCopyright: BBC/Peter Njoroge
In August, the inmates will be able to vote in a general election for the first time – though they will only be able to cast their ballot for president, not for local or parliamentary posts.
Prisoners have only ever been allowed to vote once before, in the 2010 referendum on changing the constitution.
According to the electoral commission, Kenya has 118 prisons with an estimated 49,000 prisoners, but only about 10,000 have national identification cards – which one needs in order to register.
But many were eager to register today:
BBC/Peter NjorogeCopyright: BBC/Peter Njoroge
Ronald Mwachie, who has served 20 years into a life sentence, says he will be voting for the first time in his life:
BBC/David WafulaCopyright: BBC/David Wafula
Why is UAE building a base in Somaliland?
The United Arab Emirates is building a military base in Berbera in Somalia's self-declared republic of Somaliland.
It has proved controversial among neighbouring countries in the Horn of Africa. Tomi Oladipo explains the reasons behind the deal.
Kismayo holds historic book fair
Somalia’s southern city of Kismayo is hosting an international book fair - the first such event there in more than two decades.
The venue is bustling with authors, playwrights, poets, artists and musicians - many of them from the diaspora who have travelled to the city for the three-day event.
Tweets about the fair are shared using the hashtag #KBF2017
Kismayo was once an important base for the Islamist al-Shabab militants.
The group occupied Kismayo for six years until September 2012, and the loss of the port city hit its finances, as it used to earn money by taking a cut of the city's lucrative charcoal trade.
Kenya's giant clam shell collector
Volker Bassen lives in Kenya and is an avid collector of shells from giant clams, which died out 180,000 years ago.
The shells are often found by workers in quarries in Kenya.
Mr Bassen, who is originally from Sweden and works as a scuba-diving instructor in Kenya, often auctions off the finds to support a variety of charitable projects.
His latest success was selling one for $32,000 (£25,700) at the world's largest gem and mineral show in the US city of Tucson.
He told the BBC's Newsday programme about the shells and how the money would be used to fund a factory to make menstrual cups:
Only one in four Nigerians 'get into university'
More than seven million Nigerian high school graduates missed out on a place in the country's universities between 2010 and 2015, according to a report by Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Quartz reports.
It says that of the 10 million applications only 26% gained university admission.
Quartz reported last year that an estimated 1.5 million Nigerian high school graduates annually miss out on a place at university.
The problem, it says, is the country has a shortage of tertiary institutions: 150 public and private institutions with a capacity of 600,000.