December is that time of year when farmers suffer most stock theft

December is that time of year when farmers suffer the most stock theft
RUSTLING: Mpumalanga police have ahead of the festive season warned of increased criminality where livestock theft is concerned. PICTURE BY SPCA

People in need of meat are on the increase during festive holidays.

December is characterised as that period in a year when live stock demand is on the increase and farmers as well as other owners of cattle and other animals are warned to be extra careful and not stuffer the loss.

The message comes from Mpumalanga police boss Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma.

Zuma said 5 suspects were caught with stolen live stock last month and as police they recalled the crime is always worse towards festive seasons.

The police commander said be it their own cops found in the wrong or anybody else “we will deal with them thoroughly”.

“This is a period whereby perpetrators target, amongst others, owners of live stock. These kinds of suspects usually sell their stolen stock to people who are disparately in need of meat for festivities. Any crime committed, including stock theft, will be dealt with thoroughly without fear or favour even if it means arresting some of our own,” said Zuma. 

Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said their boss’s unwavering warning come after the arrest of five suspects for stock theft between 2 and 21 November 2019. 

“Amongst these suspects is a police sergeant identified as 45 year old Anthony Ronnie. The others are, 32 year old Chris Ndoyi, a 26 year old Yanga Singangayi, as well as 53 year old teacher, John Moses Twala, who was nabbed together with 56 year old Vusi Fani Mavuso,” Hlathi said.

He said the arrest of the police sergeant and the four came after members of the public alerted his colleagues and the cattle were seized whilst the suspect was detained.

They were arrested in different matters while police were busy investigating issues of cattle getting stolen in Mpumalanga.

(edited by MLM)

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