KIMBERLEY, July 30 – A 46-year-old man, believed to be the owner of a butchery business in the Kimberley CBD, has been arrested along with his six alleged accomplices found in possession of seven stolen cattle worth R135,000, Northern Cape police said on Sunday.
“The suspects were arrested at a farm in Roodepan over the weekend after they were found with a trailer loaded with Bonsmara [cattle] and slaughtered two cattle,” Captain Olebogeng Tawana said.
Preliminary investigation indicated that the cattle were to be slaughtered and the meat was destined to be sold at the suspect’s butchery. The suspects, aged between 36 and 58, were “found red-handed slaughtering one of the cattle and ready to be skinned”.
“We confiscated the bakkie and trailer which were used to transport stolen cattle,” Tawana said.
The suspects would appear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Monday on a charge of stock theft.
– African News Agency (ANA)