Farmers protest stock theft

2008-12-17 00:00

A GROUP of farmers demonstrated in front of the Kokstad Magistrate’s Court yesterday as four men appeared in connection with stock theft that has been going on in the area for more than 10 years.

The farmers, mainly members of the Cedarville District Farmers’ Association, handed a petition with about 20 signatures to the prosecutor. The suspects are expected in court today for a bail hearing.

Police said they are investigating more than 40 cases of sheep theft, although farmers said there are more cases.

“Some farmers have lost stock worth about R500 000 in the space of five years,” said the association’s spokesman, Mark Heywood.

The Witness learnt that one of the suspects, who had been on the run for some years, was found with sheep skins in his house when police paid him a surprise visit. He led the police to his two accomplices.

Police spokeswoman Superintendent Zandra Wiid said police are looking for another two men.

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