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Stock theft: 13 Sheep and 53 goats recovered, suspect arrested, Vhembe

A suspect was apprehended by the Mphephu police for transportation and possession of stolen livestock while conducting stop and search operation between the R523 public road and Mamvuka N1 North T-junction on Tuesday 23 May 2023 at about 04:00.

During the operation, police attempted to stop a white Toyota Quantum which was pulling a trailer but it did not stop and a car chase ensued until it was cornered along the public road.

Police found a trailer loaded with 66 livestock that consisted of 13 sheep and 53 goats.

The members of the Makhado Stock Theft Unit and the Department of Agriculture officials were summoned to the scene resulting to the driver of the minibus being interrogated about the origin and ownership of the livestock.

The suspect believed to be an illegal immigrant failed to provide authentic documentations for transportation and being in possession of the livestock and was immediately placed under arrest on the spot.

The Toyota Quantum with a trailer were impounded at the scene and the livestock with an estimated value of more than one hundred thousand rands were transported to Makhado SPCA pound for safekeeping and further positive identification by the lawful owners.

Police call upon anyone who have lost their livestock comprising of sheep and goats to urgently contact the Crime Stop number 086001111 or nearest police station or MySAPSApp.

The suspect whose age will be revealed through further police investigations is expected to appear before Makhado Magistrate court soon facing charges of Contravention of the Immigration Act, transportation and possession of suspected stolen livestock.

Police investigations are continuing.

SAPS Newsroom

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