On 7 January 2020, police officers from the Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit were conducting operations in Pietermaritzburg when they received information about a Toyota Quantum travelling in Karkloof with stolen livestock.
With the assistance of other law enforcement agencies, the said vehicle was pursued. During the chase, the suspects proceeded on a gravel road towards New Hanover. In an attempt to evade police, the suspects threw livestock out of the moving taxi.
Their vehicle crashed near the farm hostels and the suspects fled the scene on foot. Police impounded a taxi with false registration plates for further investigation. Investigations on the scene revealed that the livestock were stolen in the Rietvlei area. A charge of animal cruelty will also be added.
The police are still searching for the suspects.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula commended the police officers for the recovery of the stolen stock. “We are appealing to our communities to report suspicious vehicles travelling in their areas,” he said.
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