Community educated on branding livestock

PHOTO: suppliedThe team of experts (front) with the community (back) during their public meeting in the kwaCele area last Wednesday.
PHOTO: suppliedThe team of experts (front) with the community (back) during their public meeting in the kwaCele area last Wednesday.

A TEAM of police personnel from the district held a public meeting on the importance of marking and branding their livestock with stock farmers the KwaCele area in Amandawe last Wednesday.

The team was made up of members from the Ugu cluster Men for Change forum teamed up with Captain Mlata and Sergeant Boltman of the Kokstad Stock Theft Unit, the Scottburgh SAPS station commander, Colonel Ralph Ruiters, Sergeant Christopher Mahlawe of the Scottburgh SAPS Social Crime Prevention and a representative of the Department of Africulture, Mr Melusi Shabangu.

Police spokesperson Captain Vincent
Pandarum said that the meeting was very fruitful and community members thanked the police for the informative session.

“Very often, livestock that have been killed by passing vehicles as they wander in the middle of the roads unattended, animals that have strayed from their grazing grounds or stolen livestock that have been recovered by police, are difficult to identify,” said Pandarum.

“This poses a challenge for police as they are unable to determine who the owners are so that they can be informed that their animals have been recovered or killed in a motor vehicle accident.

“Disputes arise when different parties claim ownership of livestock that have not been marked, tattooed or branded,” said Pandarum.

‘Disputes arise when different parties claim ownership of livestock that have not been marked, tattooed or branded’

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