Suspects arrested for stock theft to appear in Ritavi Magistrate court


By Agreement Mabunda

MAVELE VILLAGE-Three suspects arrested for stock theft at Mavele village in Letsitele policing will appear before Ritavi Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 14 December 2023, facing possession of suspected stolen livestock.

Preliminary investigations linked them with the stock theft cases that occurred in the Letsitele policing precinct and surrounding area were arrested on Tuesday, December 12.

It is alleged that the three suspects were attacked and assaulted by angry community members who spotted a suspicious white Toyota Quantum parked in bushy terrain. They mobilised and approached the said vehicle.

It further alleged that they found five occupants and two of them managed to run away from the community. Three occupants were cornered and assaulted allegedly after they recovered cattle carcasses in their minibus, Toyota Quantum. They also torched the vehicle.

The Police were summoned to the scene. Upon arrival, community members dispersed. They found the trio (two women and one male) in possession of about 07 carcasses of cattle, and some were already cut into pieces. Victims were taken to the local clinic for medical treatment.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has strongly warned community members against the unacceptable acts of vigilantism.

“The stock theft has reached unprecedented levels. We call upon our communities to resist the temptation of stealing livestock since it has detrimental effects. We have witnessed many people being subjected to vigilantism as a result of stock theft,” said Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

“We wish to call upon our communities to respect the law and report criminal activities to the police without hesitation,” concluded Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of more suspects involved in stock theft and vigilantism should contact Detective Sergeant Motsitsile Thobejane on 082 565 8596, or crime stop number on 08600 10111, the nearest police station, or MySAPSApp.

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