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Home Affairs officials in Limpopo have contacted all police stations in the province to help trace the self-proclaimed chief who is sought in connection with stock theft.
Lesiba Alpheus Kekana, self-appointed chief of Hlakano village in Zebediela, is on the run after he allegedly escaped arrest at a roadblock while in the company of his lawyer, Jerry Ngoasheng, two weeks ago.
An official from the department said they had also asked the rightful chief, Kgoshi Sello Kekana III, to convene a meeting and ask his subjects to help them trace the accused.
Kekana, 51, was driving in Ngoasheng's car when the two were found carrying a stolen cow they had allegedly fetched from the area.
But before the police realised it Kekana had fled and disappeared.
Ngoasheng was arrested and charged with stock theft.
A warrant of arrest has been issued against Kekana.
According to provincial spokesman Sam Moremi, Kekana's disappearance is worsening the case against him.
He also had had several cases pending against him before his escape.
"Kekana is scheduled to appear in the Thabamoopo magistrate's court on January 8 next year in connection with two counts of fraud linked to helping foreigners get South African identity documents.
"And now he's disappeared," said Moremi.
He said once they arrest him they will make sure hed oes not get bail until all the cases against him were concluded.