EASTERN Cape Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has applauded SAPS for recovering stolen stock across the province. She said stock theft has been a concern in the province as livestock is the only source of income to many local farmers. “As operations continue, I want to ask stock owners to work with SAPS to end stock theft. Police will be visiting rural places,” she said. In areas like Maluti, Bizana, Flagstaff, Qumbu, Mthatha, Katkop, Tsolo, and Sulenkama the operation was conducted from September 23 until last weekend. SAPS recovered 478 sheep, 180 goats, 80 cattle and seven horses in different areas and 11 men were arrested for allegedly stealing stock. SAPS impounded stray animals in Qumbu and Tsolo which will be handed to their lawful owners. Following the theft of five sheep at Langeni village, two men were found allegedly in possession of red meat. It is alleged that the men had slaughtered sheep and shared it.SAPS asked stock owners to count their stock regularly and report missing stock immediately. “It is important for stock owners to brand their livestock to make it easy to identify. Local farmers need to comply with the Stock Theft Act and ensure that necessary documents are issued when stock is sold and transported,” said Lieutenant Colonel Sello Rute, the Eastern Cape Provincial Stock Theft Unit and Endangered Species Commander. He added that, at local police stations, necessary documents for selling and transporting stock can be found.— Supplied.