Butcher, mate held over cattle theft

A PROMINENT Limpopo businessman and an accomplice have been arrested after they were found in possession of two stolen cattle.

Serati Seleise, who owns a butchery in Seshego near Polokwane, was allegedly caught red-handed stealing the animals in GaSechaba village in the Matlala area.

The two were arrested on Friday last week at about 3.30am while allegedly loading the cattle onto a bakkie.

Colonel Alpheus Mokale of the provincial police's stock theft unit said Seleise and Broderick Mason were arrested after a tip-off by community members in GaSechaba village.

They were allegedly found in possession of two rifles, a saw and a crane which they allegedly used to load the cattle onto the bakkie.

Mokale said the two appeared in the Matlala periodical court on Monday and their case was postponed to next Thursday for a formal bail application.

Mokale said though the two rifles the men were allegedly found in possession of were licensed to Seleise, they had silencers fitted on them.

He said they had since referred the matter to the SA Police Service's legal services for advice on how to deal with the issue of people handling firearms with silencers.

Mokale said investigations were continuing to crackdown on livestock theft.