Tebogo Msimanga |
Three suspects, aged 40, 45 and 59 charged with possession of suspected stolen stock, are expected to appear before the Lehurutshe Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 27 September 2021.
The three suspects were arrested on Thursday, 23 September 2021, by the Police Emergency Services (PES) Units, Stock Theft and Endangered Species (STES) Unit and Border Police.
Captain Sam Tselanyane of North West Police said the trio were arrested during the operation which was conducted between the Swartkopfontein and Kopfontein Ports of Entry (PoE) after members were informed about people who were seen loading cattle on a Toyota Hilux bakkie.
“Upon following up, the members successfully tracked down the vehicle which was found loaded with three live cattle. The vehicle was then escorted to Swartkopfontein Port of Entry where the suspects failed to give proper account of the possession upon questioning.”
Tselanyane added that preliminary investigation revealed that the cattle were bearing new brand marks with red tags on their ears although old brand marks were also noticeable. “Furthermore, it was established that the new brand mark is registered under one of the suspects.”
Investigation into the matter continues.