Efforts to curb stock theft continue to yield good results. In less than a week of the stock theft operations conducted in the hard hit areas, stock worth over R100 000,00 was recovered and two suspects arrested. The recoveries include nineteen sheep, nine cattle, three horses and a goat.
The operations which started on 9 July 2019 and included the following areas Mthatha, Mqanduli, Ngcobo, and Bityi are resultant from continuous stock thefts at targeted hot spots and locations.
On the first day of the operation two cattle and five sheep were recovered strayed at the grazing veld near Kulukuqu in Mthatha. No arrests were made.
On day 2, operations continued at Mqanduli where six cattle were recovered. Three cattle were reported stolen at Dalasile in 2018. Allegations are that the cattle were stolen to pay lobola. The suspect has been identified and police are looking for him and arrest is imminent.
On the same day, four sheep were recovered in Ngcobo and two suspects were arrested and appeared in the Ngcobo Magistrates’ Court on 11 July 2019 on charges of possession of suspected stolen stock.
On 11 July 2019, five sheep, three horses, one cattle and one goat were recovered in Ngcobo. The cattle was identified by the rightful owner. No arrests were made.
As the operation was concluded, five sheep were recovered in Bityi.
All the unidentified stock has been impounded at Tsolo. A plea is made to anyone who might be missing stock to visit the Tsolo pound with all the necessary documentation.
SAPS call on stock owners and/or farmers to count their stock regularly and immediately report any missing stock. “It is important that stock owners and/or farmers brand their livestock. This becomes very crucial in identifying stock and for court proceedings. It is also important that farmers comply with the Stock Theft Act and ensure that the necessary documentation is issued when stock is sold and transported. These documents can be obtained from local police stations”, said Lt Col Sello Rute, Eastern Cape Provincial Stock Theft Unit and Endangered Species Commander.
Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga applauded the members for the good results thus far. “Various operations will continue throughout the province to curb Stock Theft which remains a priority to us as livestock represent the livelihood of many citizens in the province. We urge stock owners and/or farmers to always cooperate with the police during these operations”, she said.
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