Sunday, April 18, 2021

Kweneng headman allegedly implicated in stock theft

A man from the Kweneng District, village Headman Hube, and his associates are at the center of police investigations after they were implicated in stock theft.

The headman is also being accused of issuing blank animal transportation permits to his alleged crime associates and is expected to appear before the magistrate court sometime this week.

Information passed to the Telegraph suggests that a stock theft ring that had allegedly been terrorizing Kweneng District has been nailed after potential key suspects were arrested sometime last week.

The stock theft ring is said to have stolen and slaughtered a good number of cattle from Kweneng and allegedly sold the meat to some Mogoditshane butcheries where the market is said to be huge.

Hube is accused of issuing blank cattle transportation permits to his associates so that they can fill in the cattle’s information after they identified or killed the cattle of their choice, thereby making it easier for them to go past police roadblocks when transporting the stolen cattle.
The Telegraph is informed that on one occasion, Hube was summoned by the police and was warned about his association with well-known stock theft suspects.

Detective Superintendent Baleze Boy of Mogoditshane Police Station confirmed to the Telegraph that they had arrested and detained the headman of Sojwe Village in the Kweneng District and six other suspects.

“It is possible that suspects may be part of a criminal syndicate and our investigations will establish that,” said Boy.”The investigations are still at an initial stage therefore I am unable to respond to some of your questions.”

Meanwhile, the Station Commander of Molepolole Police Station, Superintendent Andrew Bosilong, said that “stock theft in Kweneng is very worrisome”.

Bosilong said that police had established that Mogoditshane area has now become the market for stolen cattle meat, adding that they had uncovered the routes the criminals use when transporting either the cattle or carcasses.

Due to the rampant stock theft and numerous complaints from the public, the government established stock theft courts in both Kgatleng and Kweneng.

Police have also since formed a new stock theft unit that deals strictly with stock theft cases throughout the country and the unit is headed by Assistant Police Commissioner Joseph Motlhagodi.

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