Livestock theft a priority crime in KZN

2012-08-16 14:04
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Durban - About 6% of livestock stolen in KwaZulu-Natal is taken to neighbouring countries, Premier Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday.

"The border with Lesotho is the most problematic in terms of livestock movement, followed by Swaziland," he told a crime summit in Durban.

Mkhize said livestock theft had been classified as a priority crime.

"The areas most affected include Himeville, Intsikeni, Bulwer, Swartberg, Upper Tugela, and Ematsheni."

The thieves mostly took cattle and sheep, although some goats, horses and donkeys were also stolen.

Other cross-border crimes plaguing the province were car hijackings, counterfeit goods, illegal migration, and human and drug trafficking.

The summit was held to promote and initiate crime prevention, and peace and stability, along the borders of KwaZulu-Natal.

Durban Mayor James Nxumalo, KwaZulu-Natal community safety and community liaison MEC Willies Mchunu, and agriculture and environmental affairs MEC Meshack Radebe were in attendance.

Delegates from Mozambique, Swaziland, and Lesotho were also present.

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