SELEBI-PHIKWE: A Serule headman has been charged by the police for stocktheft after he was allegedly found in possession of a donkey that does not belong to him.
Serule police station commander, Superintendent Lesole Mosimane said that they have registered the case in court and the headman has already appeared before Selebi-Phikwe Magistrate’s Court. He added that they investigated the case and are treating it like any other involving stocktheft. Meanwhile, Mosimane said they are on high alert to crack down on human trafficking cases and the situation has become better.
He said that the A1 route connects the northern part of the country to the south and most of the people implicated in such cases are Zimbabweans who cross to South Africa with young children to look for employment there.
He said some of the said Zimbabweans attempt to cross with young children that are not their biological ones with the explanation that their parents stay in South Africa.
“We then started concentrating our efforts on conducting thorough searches even in buses and the situation improved though we are convinced that they use alternative routes to cross illegally,” he said.
He said that those involved in the illegal trade know that the police have mounted officers at Sese gate and have now resorted to crossing at Matopi on foot.
He added that they then get transport on the other side of the border.
“Some drop from their vehicles at the police search point and walk to the other side to wait for the car,” he said. He said they are on very high alert to crack this down and the situation has improved.
Mosimane added that traffic accidents caused by roaming livestock are a major concern in his policing area. He said they are trying their best to address farm owners along the road.
He explained that what they have observed is that boreholes are on the opposite sides of the farms and this prompts livestock to cross the roads in search of water. He further explained that the road accidents are worsened by drought in that livestock resort to grazing along the roadways.