F State farmers lose R80m to stock theft

2011-06-30 19:43

Bloemfontein - Free State farmers lose an estimated R80m annually due to stock theft, the Provincial Commercial Farming Organisation told a government oversight committee on agriculture on Thursday.

Free State Agriculture CEO Henk Vermeulen said this also caused a loss to the state of an estimated R11m in value added tax.

Despite this, a police delegation asked to report on these figures before the same oversight committee indicated that they were not yet in a position to share the latest stock theft statistics with the public.

The police delegation asked the committee to hear the figures in-camera and asked that the media be requested to leave because Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa had not yet publicly announced the latest crime figures.

The request was allowed.

Earlier Vermeulen told the committee it was suspected that syndicates played a "huge" role in stock theft in the province.

The Free State suffered the biggest losses - 19% - compared with other provinces.

Vermeulen said that this negatively affected employment opportunities in the province.

Free State Agriculture Law and Order spokesman Kobus Breytenbach said the low percentage of people caught and convicted for these crimes also frustrated farmers.

"There is not enough people [police officers] and vehicles to do the work."

He said that some farmers also failed to report all stock theft.

Free State Agriculture urged politicians to help establish more municipal pounds for stolen and stray animals.

It said that pounds were mostly non-existent in many Free State municipalities.

  • Monica - 2011-06-30 20:42

    Maybe you should ask some questions to Malema and his agenda to grab land. The ANC is forcing people of their own land! Soon we will have no produce of fresh fruit and vegetables in this country and have to import everything! Few of the ANC Politicians have worked for the money they have. Their Hollywood Life-Style came from Tax-payers money. I wonder how many of them cook and eat at home!

  • Grayman - 2011-06-30 21:03

    Remember the days when stock theft was a capital offence? You got caught, you got strung up by the neck! The police are not doing their job, and when they do, the judicial system is too soft.

      sam - 2011-07-01 01:54

      The police and the criminals are partners in crime thats why!

  • TheBlade1 - 2011-06-30 21:43

    We do not have to worry about this let the poor and hungry steel the livestock and even the vegetables. We must remember P&P, Shoprite and all the other major food chains produce food in cans at the back or the store at night and then sell it to us in the morning. We will never go hungry, these people were sent from heaven to do this night shift for us in SA let us thank them.

  • James Weather - 2011-06-30 21:49

    "There is not enough people [police officers] and vehicles to do the work." Then employ more you idiots !!!! If R11 MILLION is getting lost in just tax revenues then SURELY it would be worth while spending half of that on upgrading security .... This at least will create employment + Production rises + Farmers happy + Crime Rate down = MORE MONEY!

  • Liberty - 2011-07-01 03:09

    What about using satellite tracking technology on livestock? Could work like a charm. It could be even programmed to alert the farmer when any stock are removed from the farm

      Sigh - 2011-07-01 07:58

      I'd be more than happy to develop that kinda system as well. It's actually very straight forward too.

  • Stanley Black - 2011-07-01 07:49

    As a South African this is an issue that I feel is not given the attention it should. It need everyday South Africans to formulate opinions on it and for those opinions to be debated and commented on as a society. is somewhere you can do all that, go check it our submitting and commenting is easy and requires no registration.

      letswai - 2011-07-01 09:09

      give us a break now. shooo

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