Thursday, 21 August 2019
Steynsrus: Crime Intelligence Gathering Unit, together with Heilbron Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit, arrested five male suspects including a pensioner with carcasses of sheep meat.
On Thursday the 15 August 2019, members of Heilbron Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit received information about carcasses of meat between Steynsrus and Senekal road near a farm. This joint team responded quickly to the scene and stopped a vehicle matching the descriptions that were given to them.
They requested the driver of a white Stallion vehicle to be searched and one carcass of a sheep covered with a black refuse plastic bag was found. The driver could not give Police members proper documentation to be in possession of the carcass.
Whist questioning the driver of the car, the second car which was a red Isuzu bakkie was also stopped. Inside the bakkie there were 3 passengers, driver and four and a half carcasses of sheep covered with a black refuge plastic.
Both drivers of the vehicles could not explain is to where the carcasses came from and again to where they were taken to without proper documentations.
Suspects; Mr John Tshabalala (36); Mr Victor Mbovu (36); Mr Lephata Moloja (36); Mr Molisi Moleleki (36) and Mr Malefetsane Lesenyeho (69), who is also a pensior, appeared in the Steynsrus Magistrate Court on the 19 August 2019 and the four suspects remained in custody.
The five will re-appear on the 22 August 2019 for formal bail application and Mr Lesenyeho was released on warning due to ill health. Detective Warrant Officer Petrus Moshoadiba of Heilbron Stock Theft and Endangered Species investigated the case.