Potchefstroom horse thieves caught by neighborhood watch


On Saturday, AfriForum’s Potchefstroom neighborhood watch in collaboration with Mooirivier Beskerming caught five horse thieves after a resident of Van der Hoffpark noticed their suspicious behavior and quickly called the neighborhood watch for help.

The resident observed five young boys with horses and immediately reported their movements to the AfriForum neighborhood watch. Patrol members and Mooirivier Beskerming responded immediately and succeeded in stopping two suspects in Maree Street. Three suspects fled, but the same members later also apprehended these suspects. All the horses were recovered safely.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) was called to the scene and the five minor suspects were handed over to them. It later came to light that the boys were apparently paid by a man in Promosa, who is a suspected horse thief, to steal the horses. The man is said to have been released from prison recently.

“It is encouraging to see that the community is so vigilant about what is happening in their surroundings,” says Alta Pretorius, AfriForum’s district coordinator in the Mooirivier region. “These arrests are also a telling example of the cooperation between the Potchefstroom community, the local AfriForum neighborhood watch, security companies such as Mooirivier Beskerming and the SAPS.”

Get involved in AfriForum’s Potchefstroom neighborhood watch and help keep your environment safe. Contact Cornelia Blignaut on 073 390 4133 to join.