Limpopo police say the man who was allegedly mauled by a pride of lions in a private game reserve near Hoedspruit has been positively identified.
Limpopo police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe on Wednesday identified the man as 50-year-old David Baloyi from Masingiri area at Mavudza Village in Mozambique.
The Limpopo province has experienced increased poaching in recent years.
A loaded hunting rifle, which was found near the remains of the man, is the main reason authorities think that he was poaching in the area when he was attacked by the lions.
He added: "The sister-in-law alleged that she received a call from her family members in Mozambique who gave her the report from the two men that the deceased was killed by lions in South Africa and she must go and check with the police".
The victim was heard screaming for help as he was bitten by the lions, according to local workers.
"It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions".
Leeubosch Lodge, where the hunt took place, is known for practicing "canned" lion hunting, in which the animals are kept in confined, fenced-in areas without the possibility of escape in order to allow hunters the best possible chance at a kill.
The killing comes just months after poacher Luteni Muhararukua was charged and killed by a rhino he was hunting for its horn in nearby Namibia.
He arrived at the gates shortly after the alarm was raised and the paramedics had raced in.
A suspected poacher was mauled to death by lions in South Africa.
The region has previously seen a higher number of rhinoceros poaching.
"Unusually, there was no moon and it would have been pitch black so they would not have seen the lions but obviously the lion is a hunter - especially in darkness - and they would have been easy prey". The thick cover makes it hard to catch poachers so it looks like in this case that poetic justice was served.
"The body parts taken are typically teeth and claws".
It is estimated that less than 20,000 African lions remain in the wild.