Suspect arrested and stolen livestock recovered

EASTERN CAPE � Qumbu Stock Theft Unit (STU) received information about the goats suspected to be stolen from Mgobozi location kept in an abandoned house yesterday, 28 August 2019. The twelve (12) goats were recovered and impounded at Qumbu municipality pound.

A 30-year-old female suspect was arrested and is expected to appear at Qumbu Magistrate's Court today, Thursday 29 August 2019 facing a charge of possession of suspected stolen stock.

In another unrelated incident on 28 August 2019, Lusikisiki Stock Theft Unit members conducted an anti-stock theft operation with after complainants and information were received from Ndengani and Lambasi Administrative Area where nine (9) missing cattle were reported, the cattle has been recovered.

One male suspect (21) was arrested at Lusikisiki, while a second male suspect, aged 43 has since been arrested today. The cattle have been positively identified and handed to the lawful owner.

The two suspects are expected to appear at Lusikisiki Magistrate's Court tomorrow facing a charge of possession of suspected stolen stock.

We have noted the increase in theft of stock and asked our Stock Theft Units to increase the heat on stock theft with intelligence driven operations way lay duties resulting in arrests of suspects and recoveries of stolen and missing stock. Our efforts are aimed at breaking the backbone of stock theft and putting a full stop in trading in stolen stock and illicit market of selling meat from stock thieves, said the Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga early today.

Source: South African Police Service