Unreported stock theft cases worry Gantsi authorities

Kgosi Lekgothu
Kgosi Lekgothu

GANTSI: Gantsi Court President, Botshelo Lekgothu, is concerned that he has not presided over a stock theft case in nearly two years, despite villagers’ complaints that livestock theft is rife in the village.

“This is worrying because I know that cattle are being stolen but there are no cases brought before me. It is puzzling. The police are not bringing any cases forward,” he said.  Lekgothu said many complexities hinder stock theft cases in Gantsi, including lack of cooperation among farmers at the cattle posts, which is where theft is often committed. He also said that in cases where the cattle are traced, thieves steal them again from the kraals where they are kept as evidence.

According to Lekgothu, stock theft crime is usually committed by youth in the area, as many of them are idle and unemployed.

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