Three suspects aged between 23 and 34 are appearing in the Hlanganani Magistrates Court today for stock theft, possession of suspected stolen property and theft of motor vehicle.
The suspects were arrested whilst at a service station in Bulwer by the Himeville Stock Theft Unit with the assistance of Bulwer police officers. Police pounced on the suspects driving a bakkie with 12 sheep and three goats. The suspects failed to provide ownership of the livestock and were immediately arrested. When Himeville Stock Theft Unit detectives conducted their investigation, it revealed that the suspects stole a bakkie and went to a neighbouring house where they stole the livestock in the Intsikeni policing area.
During an operation in Bulwer, a further three suspects aged between 30 and 40 were taken into custody after they were found in bakkie with two cows. The suspects had a fraudulent permit and were then detained for possession of suspected stolen property. The investigating officers are still conducting an investigation to ascertain where the cattle were stolen. Suspects will appear in court soon.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula applauded the alertness of the police officers which led to the arrests and the recovery of livestock. "We remain committed to fighting stock theft in the province and we will ensure that those found with stolen stock are prosecuted. Stock theft contributes many other crimes and is also one of the contributors to murders in the province," he said.