By Mbulelo Sisulu
Stock theft is still a huge problem in the rural areas but a swift response by police in Mount Fletcher on Friday (31 July) foiled thieves and recovered all the sheep.
A complainant in Pitoli locality at Kete Kete A/A contacted the SAPS for assistance shortly after midnight as a crime was in progress at his homestead.
Police spokesperson Captain Khaya Tonjeni said police members immediately responded and on their arrival police were showed where entry was gained as well as the gate of the kraal that was cut with pliers and stock was taken out of the kraal.
“The SAPS followed leads and traced to the direction of Upper Nxaxa where they spotted the six suspects allegedly driving the sheep towards the mountain on horseback. A crossfire between the police and the suspects occurred but no one was injured. All suspect fled into the mountains leaving the livestock behind,” he said.
All 60 sheep were recovered and after the owner identified the stock it was handed over to him. There is no arrest at this stage.
Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga commended the members for the recovery.
“Your actions averted a crime robbing our people of their livelihood,” she said.