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STOCK THEFT AWARENESS ACTIVITIES HELD: LICHTENBURG
2022/03/14      |  Written By:  Colonel A Myburg   |   Province:  North West

In a bid to curb theft of livestock, Lichtenburg Police Station held a stock theft awareness activity at Welverdiend on Wednesday, 9 March 2022.  The activity, which was attended by members of the community from Bakerville, Welverdiend and Grasfontein, saw Sgt Ramathelesa of Sannieshof Stock theft and Endangered Species (STES) Unit sensitising the attendees about the Stock theft Act, 1959 (Act No. 57 of 1959).

Mr Charles Mabe of the Department of Agriculture, educated the attendees which included livestock owners on the Animal Identification Act, 2002 (Act No. 6 of 2002). Mrs Julia Dipale of the Department of Community Safety and Transport Management explained the procedure of funding of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) and encouraged the public to form committees to assist in curbing stock theft and other crimes.

Furthermore, Warrant Officer Venter of K9 clarified how tracker dogs are utilized and encouraged the reporting of crime as soon as possible. The presentations concluded with Sgt Mashaba encouraging partnerships between the police and the community. He advised the attendees to refrain from protecting and harbouring criminals or attacking the police, while executing their duties.

The attendees were then afforded an opportunity to raise their concerns. At the end, cattle bells / clocks with the message “Report Stock Theft” and Lichtenburg SAPS contact details, were distributed.

In Madikwe and in an endeavour to address stock theft, the Station Commander together with Visible Policing Commander, Lehurutshe and Phokeng Stock theft and Endangered Species (STES) Unit Commanders and Colonel Diego from the Provincial Office met with Madikwe farmers at the local Agrico Chamber Room on Wednesday, 9 March 2022.

The purpose was to address the escalating stock theft cases and to provide feedback / progress on reported cases. Bail application processes were explained to the farmers, and it was also emphasised that bail can only be determined by the Court. Famers were also afforded a platform to voice their concerns.

In response, Colonel Diego informed the farmers that he will further engage with Lehurutshe STES Unit to attend to their concerns and urged the famers to take care of their livestock. He also requested the farmers to cooperate with the police, among others, through visible patrols at nights as it happens at other areas and that the initiative is proving to be very successful in preventing crime.

The farmers were also sensitised about the importance of brand marking of livestock and discouraged from applying “Jungle Justice” which cannot be tolerated.

 

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Cattle bells/clocks with the message “Report Stock Theft” and Lichtenburg SAPS contact details, were distributed