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Police found the stolen sheep at a policeman’s house this week. Photograph: Image:

Stock theft: Stolen sheep found at POLICEMAN’S HOUSE

Christmas dinner has been spoiled for two policemen who were arrested for stock theft after stolen sheep were found at one of their homes.

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Police found the stolen sheep at a policeman’s house this week. Photograph: Image:

A special SAPS stock theft unit arrested two police officers among a gang of stock theft suspects after stolen sheep were found at one of the policemen’s homes in KwaZulu-Natal.

SAPS regional spokesperson for KwaZulu-Natal, Captain Nqobile Gwala, said that the suspects and two policemen were arrested in a joint operation between the SAPS Estcourt Stock Unit and a local private security company. The team convicted the special operation in the Winterton area earlier this week.

Gwala said the police had acted on a tip off regarding the stock theft that led to the arrest of the policemen and another two suspects on 13 December.

“The police received information regarding the sheep that were stolen at a farm in Winterton between 1 and 12 December 2021,” Gwala said.

She said the police had then questioned two men, a 16-year-old and Xolani Mazibuko, 29, regarding the stolen stock. 

“The Investigation led the police to the home of a police officer, Constable Nkosinathi Ngubane, 31, (who is) stationed at Winterton and he was questioned,” Gwala said.

Gwala said that the team had then proceeded to the home of another police officer,  Constable Mlungisi Mshengu, 37, who is also stationed at Winterton police station, where they found and recovered the stolen sheep.

“Three stolen sheep were found in a chicken pen. The recovered sheep were positively identified by the lawful owner,” she said.

Policemen charged with stock theft

Gwala said that the police then swiftly arrested the four suspects, including the policemen, and charged them with stock theft.  

The four suspects, including the two policemen, appeared in the Colenso Magistrates’ Court this week to face the charges. They were granted  bail of R2000 and the matter was adjourned to 20 January 2021.

“This arrest is a testimony that we will leave no stone unturned when the crime is being committed. We will not tolerate police officers who are involved in criminal activities and hide behind the police badge,” Gwala said.