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Stock thieves caught slaughtering cows at King Williams Town

Feb 12, 2019
Stock thieves caught slaughtering cows at King Williams Town

On Monday night, King Williams Town K9 Unit members received valuable information about a suspicious vehicle and the slaughtering of cows at Sparkington farm and managed to arrest two males, aged 31and 34 years.

"On arrival on the scene, police saw a white Toyota Bakkie and a high-speed chase ensued on a gravel road for more than 20km before the suspects lost control of the vehicle," said police spokesperson, Captain Siphokazi Mawisa.

"After losing control of the vehicle the suspects tried to run away from the police and they also fired at the members when chasing after them.

"The suspects swam through a muddy river and members persisted in the pursuit and managed to apprehend the suspects.

"Police recovered the carcass loaded in vehicle and they were both confiscated."

More stock thieves arrested at Zwelitsha

In a different incident, Zwelitsha police followed the information they received about cow that was being slaughtered at Zone 9, Zwelitsha.

"On arrival on the scene, they caught the two males slaughtering a cow and the two calves were tied up," she added.

"When they saw the police, they fled and police gave chase.

"The police did not leave it there as they went back to the house of the suspect (27) in the early hours of Tuesday and caught him sleeping. He was immediately apprehended."

Capt Mawisa said that these suspects will appear at Zwelitsha Magistrate's Court on Thursday on charges of stock theft

King Williams Town SAPS Cluster Commander, Brigadier Luntu Ngubelanga, commended the members for curbing stock theft in the cluster and encouraged the members to remain focused.

“It is very motivating to see that member are working tirelessly into reducing crime in the King William’s Town areas,” he added.

Brig Ngubelanga also encouraged the community members to report criminals and/or criminal activities of this nature to the police on Crime Stop 08600 10111, Crime Line 32211 or the nearest police station.

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