27 suspects arrested during festive anti-stock theft operations

Utrecht Stock theft Unit, in conjunction with Newcastle, Glencoe and Vryheid Stock Theft Units, embarked on a Festive Operation from November 19 to 28, in attempt to reduce stock theft within the province.

Crime Intelligence also joined in on the operation, by investigating butcheries, speculators, pension pay-points and by controlling the movement of stock during farm visits.

KZN SAPS Spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane, said the operations were conducted in Madadeni, Utrecht, Dannhauser, Dundee, Ekuvukeni and Charlestown.

“During the operation, a total of 27 suspects were arrested and linked to 12 stock theft cases in the vicinity.”

Members also recovered 96 stolen cattle, 17 stolen goats and 15 stolen sheep.

“Two more suspects were arrested during the operation for being in possession of dagga.”

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Whist conducting the operation, members also checked to see whether the Animal Identification Act was being adhered to, and if the correct permits were being used to transport livestock, and 26 live-stock owners were charged for failing to brand their cattle.

KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa praised the members for conducting these operations which brought stock theft criminals to book. He also commended them for curbing crime in their respective areas.

“Stock theft still remains a concern throughout the province, and therefore we will continue with such operations to ensure we bring these criminals to book. We are also appealing to live stock owners to take extra precautions during the festive season and to ensure they look after their live stock.”

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