Police in Molepolole have charged Spar Supermarket in Molepolole with receiving meat of an animal (cow) slaughtered outside the abattoir.
“We received a tip off that an animal was slaughtered without following the law and the meat was delivered to Spar Supermarket,” said the Station Commander for Molepolole Police Station, Superintendent Andrew Bosilong. He said upon checking at Spar, it was indeed found to be true that they had received about three cows which were slaughtered outside the abattoir. “Meat like this condemns the other meat that is already in the store,” said Bosilong.
He said they reported to the Meat Inspectors in Molepolole who came and took action.
Bosilong said that Section 20 of the penal code talks about animals slaughtered outside the abattoir and the culpability of people who receive such meat.
“Both the receiver and the seller have been charged and as I speak the meat has been impounded and destroyed at Gamodubu land fill,” said Bosilong.
He explained that they are led by Meat Inspectors who have powers to confiscate such kind of meat as they did.
“All the fridges which had meat in Spar were (cleared and) left empty because we were issued certificate condemning that meat,” added Bosilong. He said Spar Supermarket had no explanation for not following the law other than allegedly saying they did not know how they were tricked by the seller.
Maine Monyatsi, the Manager at Spar Supermarket in Molepolole, confirmed the incident and said the person who delivered the meat to them indicated to also having butchery in Letlhakeng where the procedure is to show the cattle to the Kgotla before slaughtering. Monyatsi said the man was to blame and they were both charged (receiver and seller) P1000. “We lost meat amounting to between P10 000 and P12 000 and there is no way we can recover the loss because there is no insurance cover. It is a mistake that happened in the shop,” said Monyatsi.
Bosilong also stated that in the same week, they had charged Botshelo butchery in the same manner and offence.
“They also had no explanation to that and yet were aware it is wrong,” said Bosilong.
He said that as police, they are aware that most butchers ignore the law. “The government now seems to be allowing people to slaughter cows anywhere and that gives some people an opportunity to abuse the law,” said Bosilong.