Police have arrested three men on Thursday after they found seven sheep locked in the luggage space of a bus in the Eastern Cape.
Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, police spokesperson said police, including the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga were on their way to an outreach event when they stopped a bus.
“Ntshinga conducted a search for a possible crime and called her forces for reinforcement.
“As she continued the search the bus, seven sheep were found locked inside the place where passenger luggage is normally kept.”
According to Kinana, the bus driver was questioned.
“Three suspects including the bus driver, aged between 27 and 35, were arrested after they failed to provide the necessary documents to prove that the sheep were not stolen.”
He furthermore said the sheep were taken to the police station whilst a further investigation was underway to verify the information provided by the suspects.
The Provincial Commissioner further warned stock thieves to stop with their activities.
It seems stock theft is a popular occurrence in recent weeks with two separate goat theft incidents. These two incidents were reported in Durban and Zululand.
During a search, police discovered a goat in the car boot.
Last month police also managed to arrest four people suspected of stealing sheep from a farm in Jeffrey’s Bay.
Police discovered five sheep with their legs tied with wires on the back of the suspect’s bakkie. A preliminary investigation led to the recovery of additional nine sheep also tied and hidden near the farm.
Police said from the recovered stock of fourteen sheep, two were already dead. The estimated value of the stock is R53 800.