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MAKGOBISTAD STOCK THEFT AWARENESS ACTIVITY
2022/06/06      |  Written By:  Warrant Officer L Mokgothu   |   Province:  North West

Makgobistad police station in collaboration with Department of Community Safety & Transport Management, Community Police Forum (CPF), National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Office of the Premier,  farmers association known as Kgomo Modimo wa Gae, held stock theft awareness activity on Thursday, 2 June 2022.

The awareness which was attended by more than 200 livestock owners and farmers, was necessitated by escalating stock theft cases in and around Makgobistad.

The purpose of the activity was outlined by Mr Collins who encouraged the community to work together with the police and not to take the law into their own hands.

The Station Commander of Makgobistad, Capt Khave presented on problematic crimes such as stock theft, business burglary and sexual offences. The Captain committed to ensure that the station changes the picture. He emphasised the significance of branding marking of livestock.

Next on the floor was Mahikeng Stock Theft and Endangered Species (STES) Unit, Lt Col Thekoeng who addressed the attendees on stock theft.  He pleaded with the community to assist and inform the police about suspicious transportation of livestock. In addition, he reminded livestock owners and farmers that sellers and buyers must have or be in possession of documentary proof of transactions. Further that the Chief must be informed about buying and selling of livestock from one person to another.

From NPA, Mrs Ntsala explained that the duties of prosecution is to assist the victim with the procedure as well as to prepare him / her and the case for trial to ensure conviction.

Mrs Seametso from Department of Community Safety & Transport Management, explained the duties of the Crime Prevention Office. She encouraged the community to work with the police to prevent crime, to take part on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) projects and to report stolen property as well as Gender Based Violence.

In conclusion, CPF representative, Mabote explained the role of the structure including Community In Blue. He also encouraged members of the community to join the CPF.

 

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Captain Khave educating members of the community about stock theft problems in Makgobistad
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Community members attending stock theft awareness campaign in Makgobistad