Police officers from the Stock Theft Multi-District Task Team conducted operations within the Zululand, Mzinyathi and Amajuba districts to curb theft of livestock, recover stolen livestock and arrest livestock thieves.

The operation led to the arrest of two men aged 30 and 53 and the recovery of 35 cattle. The suspects were arrested and they are in custody. A 30-year-old man was arrested for stock theft cases that occurred on 19 August 2020 where cattle were stolen from a farm in Vryheid. During the investigation, police recovered 11 stolen cattle and the investigation linked the suspect to cases of stock theft that were reported in December 2018 in the Kingsley policing area.

Police proceeded to a place in Kingsley where they arrested a 53-year-old man and recovered 24 cattle. These cattle were stolen from two farms between 6 and 10 December 2018 in Kingsley. Both suspects were charged for stock theft and they appeared in the Utrecht Magistrates Court on 11 September 2020. They were remanded into custody until 15 September 2020. The 30-year-old will be transferred to the Vryheid Magistrates Court. The 53-year-old will appear in the Utrecht Magistrates Court on 15 September 2020 for a bail application.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula applauded the police officers for the arrests and recoveries. “We are confident that these operations will assist in solving pending stock theft cases and bring hope to livestock owners,” he said.

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