Police said the Anti-stock theft community successfully recovered 151 suspected stolen livestock at Matsieng on top of the mountain.
A total of 151 stolen sheep, goats and cattle were recovered at Matsieng on top of the mountain.
Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Mmako Mophiring said the anti-stock theft community and two police officials have successfully recovered 151 suspected stolen livestock.
The livestock is believed to have been stolen from KwaZulu-Natal.
Mophiring said on Sunday at about 17:00 the anti-stock theft community members received information with regard to suspected stolen livestock at Matsieng mountain in Qwaqwa.
“They informed the Rural Coordinators, Sergeant Ncamane at Makwane police station who called for backup at Namahadi police station, Constable Bucibo joined to assist.
“The team went to the aforementioned mountain where they found 151 livestock,” Mophiring said.
It is suspected that the livestock was stolen from KwaZulu-Natal and left there as a cool-off place.
Police said an inquiry had been opened with regard to the livestock, and investigations are continuing.
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Duties of owners:
• All owners of cattle, sheep, goats & pigs must register an identification mark at the office of the registrar of animal identification.
• Each owner must mark his/her animals in the prescribed manner.
• All cattle, sheep, goats & pigs of which the identification mark have become indistinct or invisible, must be re-identified in accordance with the legal provisions.
• Any owners of an animal with an identification mark on it, who want to sell, barter or give away the animal within 14 days after he/she became the owner of such animal, must provide the new owner with a document of identification. This means that within 14 days, the animal can be disposed of without being branded with the new owner’s mark since it
already has the previous owner’s mark on it & a document of identification has been issued.
• An owner of an animal who wants to sell, barter or give away an animal must mark the animal with his/her own mark before disposing of it. The owner must also provide to the new owner a document of identification. The new owner must keep the document of identification for a period of one year. This means that after 14 days the animal cannot be disposed of without having been branded with the new owner’s mark & a document of identification.
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