Teacher gets 6 years for cattle theft

2011-07-27 12:54

Mbombela - A teacher was sentenced to six years in jail by the Temba Magistrate's Court for stealing cattle, Mpumalanga police said on Wednesday.

Patrick Mhlanga, 44, was sentenced on Tuesday for stealing 22 cattle from different homes in Marapyane Village in February 2005, said Sergeant Hastings Chaane.

He said the residents found Mhlanga leading a herd of cattle during the night and called the police, who arrested him. He was a teacher at Tshikanosi secondary school at that time.

"After Mhlanga was granted bail, the pupils of the school where he worked became angry and chased him out of that school. He found a similar teaching job at Rephafogile secondary school in Matlerekeng Village the same year.

"His presence at that school also did not go down well with the pupils and the residents of that village. They also wanted him out of the village and allegedly burnt his house down in 2009," Chaane said.

  • 1boer1taxi - 2011-07-27 13:01

    kill him

      halfbee - 2011-07-27 13:06

      Why do that, he is obviously an ANC member in the process of redistributing wealth... NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT....ask juju

      DEVILS SON - 2011-07-27 13:07


      Peacock - 2011-07-27 13:12

      @ Zizo Snr ---- You creative????? Ha Ha Ha Ha That is a joke in itself

      Airborne68 - 2011-07-27 14:39

      Not bad Zizo, considering that one taxi should yield about 44 'kills'.

      Met - 2011-07-27 14:39

      Wonderful example to his "learners".Make him a headmaster at the ANCs Academy of learning

      amdisgusted - 2011-07-27 14:41

      @zizo snr - you are really desperate for attention! Why don't you go an comment on the Sowetan articles?

      Barry - 2011-07-27 16:20

      @ 1boer1taxi I disagree... We can`t kill a man for cattle rustling.....or are cattle the same worth in rand value in the rural areas as gold ?

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-07-27 13:06

    Clearly the man is mentally disturbed if you really think that he can steal 22 cattles. I am starting to lose faith on how matters are handled in courts. Real criminals are still out there on bail, the men just needs psychiatric evaluation.

  • Annoy - 2011-07-27 13:08

    Stealing to fill Malemas Farm

      Peacock - 2011-07-27 13:14

      Rubbish. He stole them to teach his students how to do it, so that they can go forth and do it to the white mans property

      daaidoos - 2011-07-27 14:33

      Yeah fantastic what role models we have for our children.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-27 13:15

    The real Village Idiot !

  • Wayne - 2011-07-27 13:21

    Stealing to pay for lebola!

  • johan - 2011-07-27 13:22


  • Greegs - 2011-07-27 13:23

    Bring in the death penalty for harsher crimes. That we way clean out our prisons, tax burden is less and criminals will consider penalties before doing crime....

  • Grayman - 2011-07-27 13:29

    Hold on! Did I miss a trick or has it REALLY taken over SIX years to bring this criminal to book? Poor bugger. He probably only stole 2 cattle, but in the time that it has taken to get his case to court there are now 22. I can remember when stock theft was a capital offence.

  • Virginia - 2011-07-27 13:32

    This crime was committed in 2005, why now, most of the cattle has probably been slaughtered so he has no witnesses. Ha Ha Seriously how can this be a teacher of education for our youth, no wonder the youth are so involved in crime, this is their role models ikona!

      jowza - 2011-07-27 14:10


  • geelpiesangman - 2011-07-27 13:33

    But a ANC man who kills a child gets 0 years???????????

  • I Are Bender - 2011-07-27 13:42

    He probably new he was not a good teacher so he stole the cattle to see if he could be a better farmer than teacher.

      Grommels - 2011-07-28 01:15

      He turned out to be a k#k farmer..........

  • Mehlondoda - 2011-07-27 13:55

    ha ha ha

  • Neil - 2011-07-27 13:57

    Nothing wrong with a little "affirmative Shopping".. Why do you get upset about this? Just doing what he has been told by Mal-ema.. Take what does not belong to you.. And then this is the example being set to the youth. No wonder there are so many ANC supporters.

  • onthefence - 2011-07-27 14:26

    It took them since 2005 to work out that he had NOT stolen from a whitey, so now he must go to jail.

  • King Msendi - 2011-07-27 14:35

    What a lot of beef!!!

  • nobokjoy - 2011-07-27 14:54

    he stole them cows for labolla/hahahahah.dump twit

  • Rob - 2011-07-27 15:36

    Teacher gets 6 cattle for years of theft.

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