DURBAN - A multi-disciplinary approach by various law enforcement officers yielded positive results in curbing stock theft along the border of Lesotho and South Africa. A three-day operation termed ''Operation SERVAMUS'' which involved many disciplines from within the SAPS as well as other government departments including our neighbours from Lesotho, was conducted over three days.
The operation which was conducted between 6 and 8 August 2019 was aimed at combatting transnational or cross-border crimes affecting both South Africa and Lesotho. Various operations including road blocks, stop and searches as well as visits to livestock pounds, kraals, butcheries and abattoirs were conducted. Livestock owners also formed part of the operation to identify their stolen stock.
During the operations a total of 117 stolen cattle, 107 stolen goats, four sheep and seven horses were seized. Drugs such as whoonga, tik and dagga as well as dangerous weapons and expired goods were also seized.
A total of 25 suspects were arrested for various crimes including; being in the country illegally, selling of liquor without a license, assault and domestic related cases. Nine people were charged for failing to brand-mark their livestock and 88 were issued with traffic fines.
Source: South African Police Service