The following information was supplied by the Mkhondo SAPS.
Three men arrested for stock theft:
On 12 September 2016, members of the community contacted Sergeant Nkosi of the Mkhondo Stock Theft Unit regarding cattle in Phola Park, which they suspected were stolen. Sergeant Nkosi followed the tip and further investigated the matter. It was found that the five cattle had been stolen from Derby Farm on 9 September 2016 at approximately 15:45 whilst they were grazing in a field.
The owner of the cattle identified them and three suspects were arrested for stock theft. On 22 September 2016, the accused were granted bail and on Tuesday 24 November 2020, they appeared in the Piet Retief Magistrate’s court for their hearing. All three suspects were found guilty.
Bonginkosi Domenic Simelane and Matthew Mandla Simelane both received five years imprisonment, while Siboniso Sizwe Khumalo was sentenced to three years.
Farmers are encouraged to always have someone trustworthy with their cattle and keep them close to home, in order to prevent stock theft.
Dagga bust on N2:
On Sunday 6 December at approximately 18:20, members of the Mkhondo SAPS’s Visible Policing Unit were busy with a stop-and-search operation on the N2-Pongola road next to the Wagendrift intersection when a silver Avanza caught their eye. Inside the vehicle was 10 bags of dagga concealed in refuse bags, weighing about 143.8 kilograms (street value of R215 700-00). Three suspects were arrested.
A job well done to the arresting officers in both cases.
On Thursday 3 December at approximately 10:30, a member of MARC, the Mkhondo Local Municipality en Mkhondo SAPS visited Rustplaas to distribute flyers containing information about domestic violence, firearms, illegal drugs and sexual assault.
The information was well received by the community and they were afforded the opportunity to ask questions relating to the different topics. Thank you to those involved for sharing necessary knowledge with the community.