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'Cattle thief' arrested

By unknown | May 15, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

A would-be thief has been arrested after being caught red-handed trying to steal cattle from a kraal.

The community of Lefiso village in the KwaMhlanga area of Mpumalanga was patrolling at around 1am yesterday when they saw three men herding five cows from a kraal into a van.

When the patrollers rushed to the scene, two men ran away and one was arrested.

Police said the bakkie, which is currently in their possession, belongs to the suspect's neighbour. The suspect is expected to appear in court soon.

The area has joined a long list of communities in the province who are smarting over a string of stock theft. The situation prompted the villagers to form patrol groups to fight against the increasing animal theft.

Many farmers, especially in the province's Highveld area, are facing a tough battle against stock theft. At least 35 cases of cattle theft at 15 households have been reported at Marapyane this year alone.

One villager, Johnny Maepa, said he had lost 11 cows in two months. Village headman Sam Mmutle said yesterday that after realising that stock theft was getting out of hand, the community volunteered to use their personal cars to patrol at night.


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