Dududu community ‘gatvol’ of stock thieves

2018-09-27 06:02

COMMUNITY members from the Dududu area are “gatvolof stock thieves getting away with their livestock and decided to take matters into their own hands last week. The community “arrested” a suspected stock thief, recovered stolen goats, and set a vehicle alight.

According to police, members of the community stopped a white Toyota Tazz in Amandlalathi Ward in Dududu on September 5 where they found three missing goats, which had been identified by their respective owners, in the vehicle.

The community set upon the suspects, two of whom managed to flee the scene, leaving behind the driver who was severely beaten up. The goats were removed from the vehicle which was then set alight.

“The Dududu SAPS was informed of the incident and police arrived at the scene to find the vehicle completely burnt. The driver, who is estimated to be in his early 30s, led police to Ngilanyoni Ward in mid Illovu where a further 17 goats were recovered. The animals were positively identified by their owners,” said police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum.

Between Tuesday evening, September 4, and Wednesday morning, September 5, three goats were allegedly stolen in the Dududu area. One goat had been taken from its kraal in KwaLembe Ward and the other two from their owner’s yard in Ovumaneni Ward, Dududu. The community action is believed to have been triggered by these incidents.

Ugu Cluster Commander Major General Sethenya Nxamagele warned the public not to resort to vigilantism but rather to report criminal activities to the police for investigation, saying: “Vigilantism is a criminal offence and will not be tolerated.”

The suspect appeared in the Vulamehlo Magistrates’ Court on Friday, September 7 on charges of stock theft. Police are still searching for the two men who fled the scene. The case is being investigated by the Kokstad Stock Theft unit.


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