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ANALYSIS | Free State stock theft: Crooked cops, common enemies and the long road ahead

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Police Minister Bheki Cele. Picture: Gallo Images/Darren Stewart
Police Minister Bheki Cele. Picture: Gallo Images/Darren Stewart

As Police Minister Bheki Cele returned to the eastern Free State with a fist full of promises, resolute the scourge of stock theft will be dealt with decisively, it appears only arrests and convictions will suffice for those who live there.

Cele returned to Bethlehem on Thursday to address the farming community whom he met with just over a month ago after 21-year-old farm manager Brendin Horner was murdered.

At the meeting in October, farmers handed over a dossier that contained allegations stock theft syndicates were operating in the area and the police were involved. Farm attacks and murders were also discussed.

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