Ministers consider stock theft body

2014-09-05 20:03

Johannesburg - Deputy Agriculture Minister Bheki Cele said on Friday that the government was onsidering establishing a national body to look into the growing stock theft problem.

"It is a major problem, especially cross-border stock theft between the Eastern Cape and Lesotho. There is a huge security issue to farmers," Cele told Sapa in a telephone interview following a meeting with the Eastern Cape prevention of stock theft forum in Queenstown.

Cele said the government wanted to deal decisively with the stock theft problem that was crippling livestock farming in the province and the country.

He said the issue of rural safety was critical within the farming community and dialogue and strategic engagements were imperative in addressing the problems faced by farmers and their workers.

"If the thieves can take 330 animals at a time and take your whole food consumption, that is a serious problem... and their safety is at risk," said Cele.

He said the forum, which was made up of various agricultural and farming associations, as well as community policing forums, raised several issues at Friday's meeting.


"The forum raised the matter of stock theft and requested the ministers of police and agriculture to look into it. We have agreed to elevate it to a national body to look at it, but first we want to check on all the provinces that have this problem," he said.

Cele said the ministers would first talk to their counterparts in Lesotho to see how they reduced stock theft before establishing the body.

Previously, the Eastern Cape had the highest number of reported stock theft cases. This year it was KwaZulu-Natal.

Cele could not provide exact figures.

He said the rural communities had also raised concerns about the lack of police resources to respond quickly to help them.

"They wanted to know how the police can be helped with resources so that they can respond quickly and early in stock theft cases."

The forum had agreed on a follow-up meeting.

  • johan.steyn.1447 - 2014-09-05 20:13

    There used to be one. Why did they close it?

  • Dennis van Aarde - 2014-09-05 20:29

    You know why when we got independance in1994 the government thought that the killings,stock theft etc will come to an end but people started creating ther own jobs and today we dit with it

  • Joe Phoks - 2014-09-05 20:43

    The boss has arrived, livestock tsotsis start running. Check new unit in the department of agriculture' STOCK THEFT TACTICAL TEAM'. Dress mmmmm , obvious Beret and something scary

  • Aqua BlueAfrica - 2014-09-05 22:26

    had this problem since the voortrekkers were trekking through the mountains. .still have this problem today,anyone calculating how much theft has occured since then #corrective action needed

      Klaus Muller - 2014-09-06 13:48

      Without the "white man" there would be no Blue Water in Africa

  • Christa Flanagan - 2014-09-06 05:27

    Lol ....with BC investigating, it won't come up with much! Just excuses .....the "thieves" are probably taking the stock to Nkandla and being paid a huge amount of money for a job well done! ! Lol I rest my case!!

  • tinyika.mathebula - 2014-09-06 05:51

    Cele and ur cronies , u always cry, I know u'll end up negotiating with the thieves

  • tinyika.mathebula - 2014-09-06 05:51

    Cele and ur cronies , u always cry, I know u'll end up negotiating with the thieves

  • Andrew John Becker - 2014-09-06 06:26

    Just bring back to old commando structures, they were there for a reason. And get the fat kfc eating bunch that you often find lounging around police stations back on the streets and patrolling rural areas. Problem solved. No need for any national body or commitee to waste time and money..... you can thank me later

  • jeremy.howell.52687 - 2014-09-06 08:13

    Maybe they should set up a national body to look into the theft by the ANC MP,ministers and #1?

  • erneyb - 2014-09-06 10:59

    Stock theft has been going on since the the first people starts farming with cattle. Why don't the owners "micro chip" their cattle after birth. The micro chip has the date/month of birth, sex of the animal, name of owner and GPS co-ordinates of on whose land the animal was born. Train (non-police)from the rural areas (job creation)where theft is very prevelant, which can go across farmland and borders scanning suspicous cattle and if found on "foreign" land, the owner of that land will be fined for the stolen cattle. Once identified where the cattle originate from the "thief" has to return the cattle to its original land/owner and also be fined by paying a fixed amount per stolen animal. Should thief not been able to pay the equivilant of his cattle will be confiscated and sold to be slaughtered. The proceeds should be used to finance the entire scheme of training, micro chipping, pay the "cattle police" and administration. No need for the police, courts or politicians to get involved. Only my silly idea.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-09-06 11:00

    How long will this 'look into' take?.

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