An organized criminal gang of livestock thieves met their demise after fed-up villagers torched them alive in their vehicle.Fed Up Villagers Burn Livestock Thieves Alive.
The incident, which is believed to have happened in Bhaziya, Mthatha in the Eastern Cape province was captured on video. The harrowing incident can be seen as angry villagers intercepted the suspects who were driving in their bakkie complete with a trailer. The thieves’ modus operandi involved killing the livestock and loading in the trailer at night.
In the video, a police van can be seen approaching the scene but the situation was tense and volatile as the angry mob threw stones at the police, forcing them to retreat.
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“Stock theft is a serious problem that needs serious attention, not just from us as the police but other departments that can assist in curbing this crime,” he said during a briefing on crime statistics for the second quarter of 2020/2021 in Pretoria.” Bheki Cele reported last year
Cele said over three months in the period under review, 26,322 sheep were stolen, while 7,339 cases of stock theft were opened countrywide.
More than 14,000 cattle were also stolen and ended up “in abattoirs and on the plates of unsuspecting South Africans”, Cele said.
“If we are to rid the country of stock theft, we have to tackle the whole value chain, from the top right down to which butchery this stolen meat ends up [in].
“This crime, which I believe is a form of economic sabotage, needs to be tackled not just by the police but also have the buy-in of other departments that can assist in the tracking, tracing, marking and movement of stock.”