Rural safety

Two suspects arrested for stock theft in the Western Cape. Photo: South African Police Service/ Facebook.

Rural Safety unit pounces on stock thieves

Rural Safety unit and its partners (Farm Watch) rescued stolen sheep that had been inhumanely stacked in the back of a light motor vehicle

Rural safety

Two suspects arrested for stock theft in the Western Cape. Photo: South African Police Service/ Facebook.

Hard work by the Rural Safety unit and partners landed stock thieves behind bars and the recovery of stolen sheep.


On Friday, 30 December 2022 members attached to the Kwanonqaba Crime Prevention unit, Oudtshoorn Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit, and various farm watches, embarked on an operation after a suspicious red vehicle was spotted leaving a farm in the vicinity.


Police members pursued the vehicle, a red Toyota Corolla during a chase along the N2 highway towards Mossel Bay. In an attempt to evade police the vehicle left the road, however, it was brought to a halt when one occupant disembarked and fled the scene on foot. A search conducted on the vehicle led to the recovery of 5 sheep on the back seat and boot of the vehicle.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Christopher Spies said that members arrested one occupant found at the scene. The second suspect, allegedly the driver of the vehicle, freedom was short-lived after detectives assigned to the matter tracked him down, on 1 January 2023 and arrested him.

“The pair, 21 and 33, remains in police custody. They are expected to make their first court appearance in the Mossel Bay Magistrates’ court on Tuesday, 03 January 2023 on a charge of stock theft.”


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In an unrelated incident, on 28 December 2022 members of the Kwanonqaba police responded to information about a Volkswagen Golf which dropped off cattle at a residence at Kwanonqaba. Upon arrival at the premises, they found four men slaughtering a sheep. The foursome was taken into custody and one, a 57-year-old man, charged with possession of stolen property and stock theft. The stolen sheep was later linked to a farm in the area.

Both cases are being probed by the Oudtshoorn Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit.

“Western Cape police management lauded the collaboration with farm watches in the rural sector as well as the team for their persistence to arrest the perpetrators. These arrests are part of concerted efforts by police to eradicate stock theft which threatens farming community as well as the economy of this region,” Spies concluded.