The man and wife of a British tourist were killed by a crocodilian monitor in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal region.
The crocodile is believed to have been attacking tourists on a lake at the time of the attack, a local official said.
“I heard a loud roar, I looked out to see what it was, and I saw a crocodil [mouthed] ‘I will take care of you,'” the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told Reuters news agency.
The crocodile was also reported to have bit a tourist in South Kwa Zulu-KwaZuma in December last year.
South Africa’s environment minister, Simon Kruger, said the crocodile attack was a “sickening” example of the dangers of crocodile monitoring.
Kruger also said he hoped the public’s reaction would help bring a end to crocodile hunting.
“[There will be] a lot of changes to crocodiles [in the next couple of years] so it is not only for conservation but for recreational purposes,” he said.
“We need to make sure people understand that these animals are a threat to the species, not only to the people who hunt them.”
In February, South Africa had the world’s first ever captive-bred crocodile, an “enormous success”, with the animal being raised in captivity for four months before being released into the wild.