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2023/05/23      |  Written By:  Captain U Roelofse   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

Katkop: 22 May 2023 - Members continuous efforts to prevent and detect stolen stock has yielded the following successes over the weekend in the Katkop area where 63 livestock were recovered.

In the first incident on 20 May 2023 at 09:00 members from the Maluti  Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit and Crime Intelligence  worked  across district borders  after receiving  information  of alleged stolen cattle at  Manxeleni village in  the Katkop area.

On their arrival the suspect ran away and  a total of  eight cattle with no branding, were recovered.

On the 21 May 2023 at 04:00,  the Maluti Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit members conducted an intelligence driven operation about alleged  stolen goats and sheep in the  Katkop area and proceeded to Gwadana village where they  recovered thirty two goats and at  Sithaleni village they  recovered twenty three sheep.

The  suspect who was transporting the sheep ran away on seeing the police approaching.

All the  livestock was impounded at the  Mount  Fletcher municipal pound while the  owners of the  stock are being traced since the stock was not branded.

If any person can assist with  identifying  the alleged  stolen stock is asked to  contact the Maluti Stock Theft Unit Commander, Lt Col Mlata at 072 580 24 96.

Livestock owners are  once again reminded to take heed of the following  important information:

  • count your livestock regularly
  • report stock theft cases immediately
  • keep a controlled stock register
  • mark your stock accordingly
  • keep fences in proper condition


The Acting Joe Gqabi District Commissioner Brig Asogran Naidoo commended  the team  on the successful recovery of the stolen stock in the KatKop area where stock theft is a  problem.