Four goats found in a Toyota E

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Four goats found in a Toyota Etios, three suspects nabbed for stock theft

KZN police worried with the spike in livestock theft during the winter season.

Four goats found in a Toyota E

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Ever wondered whether four goats could fit into a Toyota Etios? Well, wonder no more, they actually fit, perfectly, according to KZN police.

On Tuesday 14 July, while conducting a routine patrol along the D1010 road in KwaNdengezi, west of Durban, police noticed a Toyota Etios, which at first glance did not look anything close to suspicious.

Unbeknown to them, they were in for a shock of their lives.

As an official procedure when patrolling, they flagged the car down, the driver calmly complied.


Upon searching the police, the police found seven occupants: Four goats and three men. The three men were then arrested for being in possession of suspected stolen livestock. They face charges of being in a possession of stolen goods. The police in KZN would not be persuaded into disclosing their names.

KwaZulu-Natal, which is vastly rural, is battling the scourge of livestock theft. 

On Monday 13 July, police arrested two men aged between 38 and 45 in uLundi, north of KZN after they failed to produce proof of ownership. They were charge with in possession of stolen goods.


Even King Goodwill Zwelithi with his detailed security at his palace in Nongoma, northern KZN is not spared from the cattle rustlers.

In 2018, Zwelithini’s kraals were broken into and 21 cattle were stolen.

This incident left the king baying for the blood of the cattle thieves, that he ordered the police to speedily arrest those implicated.


A report that was released by the National Stock Theft Prevention Forum in January showed that farmers had lost more than a whooping R2 billion through the theft of livestock.

The report also revealed that KZN and Eastern Cape occupied the first and second spots, respectively on the list of provinces with the highest cases of livestock theft.  

Another report, released by police in January, said livestock theft is on the rise in KZN, particularly, in rural areas.

The report further stated that more than 60 cattle were stolen in January 2020 alone.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala thanked the police for arresting the suspects.

She said they were still investigating where the goats were stolen from and who is the owner.

“We encourage livestock owners to put a certain mark on livestock so that it’s easier to identify them in cases where they are stolen,”

Said Gwala.