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Pair sentenced to 14 years for stock theft

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Tulani Ngwenya 

Ventersdorp, South Africa – In a significant victory against stock theft, the Ventersdorp Magistrates’ Court sentenced Sthembiso Ronald Molaba (31) and Simon Koatsa (25) to eight- and six-year imprisonment, respectively, on Monday, November 20, 2023. The accused faced charges related to stock theft and the possession of presumably stolen cattle. Additionally, they were declared unfit to possess firearms under Section 103 of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No. 60 of 2000).

The convictions stem from an incident reported on June 19, 2021, when information about the brand marking of suspected stolen cattle at a community kraal in Ga-Motlala village, Ventersdorp, prompted a swift response from law enforcement, investigations revealed that the cattle were en route to being sold to a buyer.

Police discovered 11 Bronsmara cattle inside the cattle press with new brand marks. At the scene, five suspects were arrested and cattle worth R106 000 were recovered and returned to their rightful owners. The case against two of the accused was withdrawn, while the other passed away.

Major General Suzette Pretorius, the District Commissioner of Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, commended the law enforcement members for their efficiency and dedication, which resulted in the arrest and subsequent sentencing of the accused.

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“We commend the members for their swift response and hard work that led to the arrest and sentencing of the accused. This sends a clear message that stock theft will not be tolerated, and those involved will face the full consequences of their actions,” she stated.

The successful resolution of this case not only brings justice to the victims of stock theft but also serves as a stern warning to those engaged in illegal activities involving livestock, the North West Province continues its commitment to combating rural crimes and safeguarding the livelihoods of farmers and communities.

The sentencing sends a strong message that the legal system is unwavering in its pursuit of justice for victims of stock theft. The North West Province remains vigilant in the fight against rural crimes, and law enforcement will continue working tirelessly to maintain the safety and security of its residents.

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