Stolen cattle recovered

2017-11-24 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedThe recovered cattle.

PHOTO: suppliedThe recovered cattle.

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IN an operation by Kokstad Stock Theft Unit, two men aged 30 and 37, were caught for allegedly stealing stock in Ntsikeni last Friday.

They made their first appearance in Umzimkhulu Magistrate’s Court on Monday, and the case was postponed for bail application to Wednesday.

“Members of the stock theft unit were conducting a festive season operation and received information about suspects who were allegedly selling stolen­ cattle in the Ntsikeni area.

“They spotted a suspicious Isuzu truck with two occupants and five cattle,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane, KZN SAPS spokesperson.

SAPS arrested the men and the five cattle were positively identified and returned to the owners.

Last week, two suspects were found in possession of two unlicenced pistols and ammunition near the Lesotho border. The recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic testing to establish if they were used in other crimes.

The KZN Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended the stock theft unit for curbing the theft of livestock. “The arrested suspects will be profiled to see if they are not linked to other stock theft cases in and around the country. Stealing livestock in many areas in KZN is increasing, but we are strengthening our operations in terms of rural safety programmes to deal with criminals,” said Langa.

He appealed to livestock owners to take extra precaution over the festive season and take control of their stock.

At the time of going to press, the outcome of the suspect’s court appearance was not available. - Supplied

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