The theft of livestock is not seen as just another theft of property, often even small numbers of livestock represent the livelihood of a family and their means to sustain themselves, hence SAPS views stock theft cases in a very serious manner.
SAPS has implemented a special project to enhance the capacity of stock theft units throughout the province and this should have a positive impact on the curbing of this crime. The recent joint operation, Operation Catch Up which was held across three districts – Joe Gqabi, Alfred Nzo and OR Tambo supported by Maluti and Mqanduli stock theft units and Katkop Visible Policing, led to the recovery of 17 cattle, 13 sheep and one horse.
13 cattle were recovered at Nyango location in the Katkop Policing area, while 13 sheep, four cattle and a horse were recovered at Sithaleni area also in the Katkop policing area. Two of the cattle were found tied up with wire around their legs at Sithaleni forest.
All the recovered stock is yet to be identified and SAPS appeals to anyone who might have lost stock to contact the Investigating Officer Capt Mochao on 072 580 2496 or to visit Maluti Stock Theft Unit.
Operation Catch Up resumed on 4 February 2021 from 05:00 – 15:00 and no arrests were made during the operation.
SAPS continues to call on farmers and stock owners to count their stock regularly and immediately report any missing stock or stock recovered. It is important that farmers and/or stock owners 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.