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Former Maclear police commander guilty of stealing sheep and goats using state vehicle

Apr 10, 2019
Former Maclear police commander guilty of stealing sheep and goats using state vehicle

Former police intelligence unit Commander guilty of stock theft using state vehicle

King Williams Town - Eastern Cape police operations to eliminate stock theft and illicit trade in stolen meat continues to yield good successes and recoveries.

The latest case involves a former police Commander, Captain Ndzima Dweba (55), who was found guilty of three  counts of stock theft by the Maclear Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

"This follows after an incident on 14 May 2012, where it is alleged that Dweba went to Pakamani Project farm, 10 km outside Ugie and stole 16 sheep and nine goats using a state vehicle," said police spokesperson, Capt Khaya Tonjeni.

"It is further alleged that he drove the whole night to Lusikisiki to deliver the stock to a buyer. He was arrested in June 2012 and detained.

"Expeditious process was initiated and the member was fired from SAPS."

Capt Tonjeni said that the Dweba was attached to the Elliott Crime Intelligence Unit.

"Sentencing commences on 09-10 July 2019."

Meanwhile, the Bityi Stock Theft Unit and the Bityi Vispol unit recovered 20 sheep abandoned.

Upon enquiry, they were matched with another Idutywa case of stock theft where 31 sheep were stolen from a kraal.

"Twenty sheep were positively identified by the owner, who had earlier laid a case at Bityi police station," capt Tonjeni said.

"The stock was handed to lawful owner."

In another case, Flagstaff Stock Theft Members conducted an operation at Mabovu locality, in the Mfundisweni A/A, where two cattle were recovered.

"The members proceeded to Mthimde area and one bull was recovered.

"All these cattle recovered straying were taken to Lusikisiki stock pound for storage and positive identification," Capt Tonjeni said.

"Police are appealing to all stock owners with missing stock to come and do stock identification."

Farmer arrested on stock theft case 

He said that in another unrelated, a joint operation including Aliwal North and Queenstown STU, Public Order Police at Melkspruit farm in Aliwal North yielded results when 59 ewes, six lambs and 13 sheep were recovered.

"This recovery follows after 89 sheep were stolen last weekend from Sterkstroom," Capt Tonjeni said.

"All sheep were positevely identified by the owners and have been handed to them.

"The suspect - owner of the farm, a 61-year-old has been arrested.

"He will appear on Thursday at the Venterstad Magistrate's Court."

However, Capt Tonjeni said that as soon as he is granted bail, Queenstown Stock Theft Unit members will be patiently waiting outside the court to re-arrest him on another pending case of stock theft, which also occurred in Sterkstroom.

"There is still more sheep missing from the initial eighty nine that was reported as stolen. Efforts to recover these missing sheep are underway as operations continues."

Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, commended the members for these recoveries and breakthroughs.

She encouraged stock owners to be vigilant and extra wary for stock thieves. She discouraged members of the community who continue to buy stolen stock.

"Your actions are providing a market for this abhorred trade and police will have no option but to arrest the buyer and the seller," she warned.

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