Warning that farmers may take law into their own hands over stock theft

2017-03-20 17:20
(iStock)

(iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Port Elizabeth - Stock theft is threatening to spiral out of control, and the possibility that farmers and stock producers are going to take the law into their own hands cannot be ruled out, Francois du Toit, the chair of the Eastern Cape Red Meat Producers' Organisation, has warned.

"That definitely isn't what we want, because then people will die," he told Netwerk24.

"There are several producers who are already patrolling their own farms, which has a twofold reason - security in the area and fighting stock theft."

Du Toit was responding to the most recent statistics which were released on Friday, showing that there had been an increase in stock theft in the province. 

However, said Du Toit, the statistics weren't a true reflection of the situation, because an "enormous" number of stock thefts were not reported.

He said the co-operation between producers and the police varied from region to region. Matters could get out of hand in the areas where the co-operation was lacking.

"The Eastern Cape is a large province. For that reason excellent co-operation between the producers and the police is essential," said Du Toit.  

Willie Clack, the chairperson of the National Stock Theft Prevention Forum, said the statistics provided by the police and Statistics SA – showing an increase of 3% of non-reporting and a 2% increase in stock theft – were not accurate.

Read more on:    port elizabeth  |  east london  |  crime  |  agriculture

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.