Two on Hertzogville stuck over sheep carcasses


Two men are behind bars after they were caught with the carcasses of 19 sheep, which were suspected to have been stolen, at Hertzogville in the Free State.

A farmer from the area reported the theft of his sheep. Officers from the Hertzogville police and private security companies began to follow up on the information after investigating the scene where the cattle were slaughtered, says Capt. Stephen Thakeng, police spokesperson in the Free State.

Officers from the police’s animal theft and endangered species unit, the dog unit on Welkom and coordinators from Hertzogville rural security also helped to follow vehicle tracks. The information led them to a house in Boikanyo Street in the Malebogo township.

Here the police came across the carcasses of 19 merino sheep. The livestock had a clear branding, which made it possible for the farmer to identify them as his sheep, says Thakeng.

Two men, aged 37 and 42 respectively, were arrested on charges of possessing suspected stolen livestock.

“More arrests are imminent as the investigation progresses,” says Thakeng.