KZN men get stiff jail sentences for Eastern Cape livestock theft

AUGUST 14, 2015

The Kokstad Regional Court this week handed down over 37 years imprisonment to four men, who were convicted of stealing 30 sheep in the Cedarville area.

The longest sentence was handed to 39-year-old Mzwandile Hlwili, who will now spend 15 years behind bars for the crime. His three co-accused got between 10 and 12 years.

The four men were arrested after police pulled over their overloaded bakkie. Police discovered 30 sheep in the vehicle, 24 of which had suffocated to death.

National Prosecuting Authority spokeswoman Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said one of the four men had admitted to police that the sheep had been stolen from a farm in the Cedarville area.

While the men pleaded not guilty to the charge of stock theft, in their defence they ended up implicating each other.

The men could have been the group that frustrated sheep farmers in the area bordering the KZN and Eastern Cape provinces by stealing their livestock and selling them for only R600.

In July, about 75 sheep heads and foetuses were discovered scattered at the New Amalfi area last week.

One farmer repoprtedly lost sheep worth over R200 000 over a period of one and a half years.

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