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King Williams Town Constable swam across a river to arrest fleeing stock theft suspect

Mar 28, 2019
King Williams Town Constable swam across a river to arrest fleeing stock theft suspect

King Williams Town - A local Flying Squad Constable has been commended for his dedication to duty after he swam across a running river chasing after a stock theft suspect in Tyutyu Location outside Bhisho.

"This follows after Flying Squad members received an information about a slaughtered cow at Yellow Wood Farm outside King Williams Town," said police spokesperson, Captain Siphokazi Mawisa.

"The investigation led police to the arrest of seven suspects - four males, aged between 23 and 38 years, and three juveniles, aged between 8 and 11 years."

She said that the juveniles were later handed to Social Workers for assistance and the four adult suspects were detained.

"It is alleged that the suspects slaughtered the stolen cow and sent young boys to collect the rest of the meat from the farm," Captain Mawisa said.

"It is alleged that the cow was slaughtered on Monday by the elder suspects and they took some of the meat with them.

"Then the following day, they sent the young boys to go fetch the rest of the meat from the farm."

Police officers caught the boys when they were from the farm with the meat.

Alleged stock thieves expected in the King Williams Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday


"On investigation, police officers proceeded to the house at Tyutyu Location, Bhisho, where the elder suspects stay," Capt Mawisa said.

"On arrival, police arrested three suspects and the other one ran away when he saw the police. Officers gave chase and while running, the suspect swam in the river between Sikhobeni and Tyutyu Locations, Bhisho.

"Constable Mhloma, from the Flying Squad followed him and swam in the river in order to apprehend the suspect."

She said that the suspect was taken back to the house where they recovered cooked meat, skins and inner parts of the cow.

All four suspects are due to appear at King Williams Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday for stock theft.

King Williams Town SAPS Cluster Commander, Brigadier Luntu Ngubelanga, thanked the members for their great work in curbing Stock Theft in the area and encouraged them to continue doing well in their field of work.

"It is very important for us to work closely with the community to fight crime like this," he added.

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