Sheep droppings betray cops

2011-02-02 15:55
Standerton - Sheep droppings found in the back of a police van led to the arrest of two policemen in the Standerton area for stock theft, Mpumalanga police said on Wednesday.

Warrant officer Sipho Selby Langa, 44, and Constable Sizwe Zacharia Mndebele, 33, appeared in the Standerton Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on theft charges, spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi said.

The droppings and the vehicle's tracking system confirmed it had been at the Vogelstruispoort farm, outside Standerton, where 58 sheep, worth about R75 000, were stolen on the night of January 23.

The two were arrested on Monday.

"We are still looking for the sheep... we think the policemen might have sold them already. They did multiple trips from the farm to wherever they put the sheep."

Their case was postponed to February 9 for a bail application.

Hlathi said the day after the sheep were stolen, the farmer opened a case of theft and investigations began.

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