A 57-year-old farmer and his 24-year-old son are expected to appear at the Standerton Magistrate's Court on charges of malicious damage to property, cruelty to animals as well as other related charges. Their arrest follows after they were arrested yesterday, 24 December 2018, for allegedly killing 42 goats belonging to another local man that were reportedly grazing on their farm.
It is reported that the suspects spotted the herd grazing at their farm around noon and allegedly proceeded to them. They reportedly shot three of the goats before deciding to use their two bakkies to allegedly run over the rest of the herd, ruthlessly killing them instantly. Police were summoned to the scene and the pair was then immediately arrested, hence their expected appearance on Thursday, 27 December 2018, to answer for their alleged villainous action.
The Provincial Commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma has urged the community to try and live in harmony with each other, solve whatever challenges they face in a civilised manner. General Zuma has in the meantime also applauded the police for their swift response that led to the arrest of the duo.
Source: South African Police Service