Tipoff leads cops to stolen royal cattle

2016-05-13 08:27

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Pietermaritzburg - Vryheid Stock Theft Unit has arrested four suspects for allegedly stealing nine cattle belonging to the Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini.

The cattle, which generally cost between R 6 000 and R 9 000 each, were stolen from Dlomodlomo in Nongoma.

Police spokesperson major Thulani Zwane said police had received a tipoff from community members about suspected stolen cattle kept in a kraal at a certain homestead in Vryheid.

He said police went to the kraal and found the cattle there.

“Four suspects were arrested and they failed to give satisfactory explanation. An investigation was conducted and it appeared that these cattle were stolen from his Majesty,” he said.

Zwane said the four suspects will appear in the Louwsburg Magistrate’s Court today, facing charges of possession of stolen property and stock theft.

KZN MEC for for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, praised the community members for tipping-off the police.

“The partnership between the police and community members will yield good results in reducing crime in this province. We have said time and again that police alone cannot defeat crime.

“It is only a united front and partnership of all sectors of the community working with the police that could bring about a noticeable impact against crime,” he said.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.coza

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