Stolen sheep found at funeral service

2012-02-11 20:43

Johannesburg - Three men were arrested in Willowvale on Saturday after they allegedly stole livestock to feed mourners at a funeral service, Eastern Cape police said.

Captain Jackson Manatha said 31 sheep and five goats were stolen from a 82-year-old woman in Dutywa on Friday morning. On Saturday police were informed that five of the stolen sheep had been slaughtered at a funeral service.

"Police went to the funeral service, to the surprise of mourners, and found five skins of [the] sheep in the homestead," Manatha said.

"The meat was already cooked and police confiscated the pots... and loaded them into the police vans."

The remainder of the livestock was recovered except for two sheep and two goats.

The men, aged between 21 and 40, will appear in the Dutywa Magistrate's Court on Monday.

  • Vivian Vivsta Zuma - 2012-02-11 21:10

    manje basala wit no food..!!!??

  • Phillie - 2012-02-11 22:11

    They didn't steal there is no such thing in the new souf efrika!!!! this is just another affirmative action Take from those who have if you want or need it without compensation

  • Dave - 2012-02-11 22:25

    The "Xhosa Nostra" strikes again!!!!

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  • Jacky Mutsila - 2012-02-11 23:37

    yerrr,4sure peopl were angry wen the pots were being loaded to da Vans,lmaohaahahahahahahahaahahahaha...oh my word

      comurray - 2012-02-12 15:53

      The police have a sumptuous meal of stolen sheep and side dishes, so there is more money available for Johnny Blue label.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-12 00:10

    Its not stealing - the politically correct term is "redisribution to the poor" The police confiscated the pots - what are they going to do with the contents? Probably eat it and claim "lack of evidence" when the case comes to court..

      Langalakhe Daniel Manqele - 2012-02-12 04:19

      Ya I do not see the point in the confiscation of pots with meat. Skins were sufficient and it will take an unknown time for the court to decide on the matter. Where will the cooked content be by then hmmm something is not right here.

  • Ewald - 2012-02-12 00:39

    Hamba kahle igusha

  • Innocentia Mkhize - 2012-02-12 01:27

    poverty can lead people to do funny things!

      Benjamin - 2012-02-12 12:50

      Do you think it is funny? Many people live below the breadline,but they do not steal.people who earn good salaries or wealthy people can also do not use poverty as an excuse,but greed.

  • mokheled - 2012-02-12 06:46

    I wonder what will the police do with the cooked meat? mpho ya mapolisa.

  • Inathi Ira Tunzana - 2012-02-12 08:02

    people are messed up

  • Nokuthula-Tannia Andries Nopilisi - 2012-02-12 09:00

    lolest bt there ws realy no need 4 th saps 2 confiscate cooked meat, th ppl wer angry yho lmao lol poverty mxm

      Kevin - 2012-02-12 09:34

      They are thieving thugs and a normal society must hope that the full force of the law is applied when sentencing these thugs. Those sheep were someone else's lively hood. 10 years please

      Jacqui - 2012-02-12 13:30

      Leonard, I can't agree more. I sometimes wonder how these people manage to write a letter. Cell phones and SMS's are a curse.

  • Kevin - 2012-02-12 09:31

    Stolen sheep at a funeral. Do these common thugs not even respect the dead and bring there whole lives into disrepute

      comurray - 2012-02-12 15:57

      Kevin - the word is "their" not there.

  • Johann - 2012-02-12 09:49

    This have being going on in the eastern cape even before the settlers arrived it's Xhosa tradition to take what's not yours is okay but to be caught that is a big no no come on this is no news it is old news old as the mountains it's a cultural thing , stealing rape was a right o passage and for a male to become a madoda that is what was needed

      Jacqui - 2012-02-12 13:32

      Because it's cultural it's correct!!. Too may things are becoming cultural in this country, even stealing and rape are cultural. The Lord help us.

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-12 15:01

    Lol whats with black people and their obsessive need to always impress the crowds, now no1 will ever forget this, what an embarassement tjo...

  • Rosie - 2012-02-12 15:44

    That is why i told my husband and close family .NO eating on my funeral !! People must go and eat at their houses. We need the money that is left for those we leave behind .Eish! those police had a party.,ha!

  • Seja - 2012-02-12 16:28

    ... Why on earth did they have to steal 31 sheep?? Pure greed!! hope their ancestors turn their backs on them so they lose their court case and all others involved suffer for years to come!

      Scouter - 2012-02-12 20:19

      "... Why on earth did they have to steal 31 sheep??" Because that was the size of the flock - more would have been nice but hey, in Africa you sometimes just have to make do with what you can get yours hands on.

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