Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS spokesperson, appeals to the communities of Shongoane, Seleka, Abbotspoort and Maeteletsha Villages as well as the surrounding farming communities to take hands and to work together.
WO Mokoena said members of Polokwane, Modimolle en Lephalale Stock Theft Units were requested by the community of Shongoane and surrounding areas to pay them a visit. They complained that neighbouring farmers allegedly steal their stock along the roads and from inside the villages.
They also alleged that the farmers instructed them to pay for the stock before they can get it back or they refuse access to their farms.
WO Mokoena said the farmers respond that they took the cattle because they suffered without food or water.
The cattle owners, on the other hand, say they are worried about their cattle because they are in kraals without food or water.
From the farmer’s side, they complain about the cutting of fences. If cattle get through the fence to a farm, are they allowed to keep it?
WO Mokoena, on behalf of Police, advises the different communities to work hand in hand. He encourages the communities to deal with this kind of incidents, and he urges the cattle owners to look after them.
“If you have cattle, please make sure they are marked so that you will be able to identify them easily. The best way to mark cattle is with a branding iron,” WO Mokoena said.
He also asked communities to be vigilant and to take the registration number of a car that doesn’t belong in the neighbourhood.