Two men arrested for possession of stolen livestock in Vryheid

Two men arrested for possession of stolen livestock in Vryheid

The African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) says the rise in incidents of stock theft is a hindrance to the farming industry. 

Arrest, handcuffs

This, following arrests of two men who allegedly stole 21 calves in northern KwaZulu-Natal. 

The livestock was recovered from a farm in Vryheid and has since been positively identified by the owners. 

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KZN police spokesperson, Jay Naicker says the arrests form part of a multi-disciplinary operation that started last month and ended on Monday night. 

"We do notice an increase in stock theft during this time of the year, and as a result, we have arrested a lot of suspects and stock has been recovered due to operations that have been conducted on the major route," he said.  

AFASA's Thube Zondi says stock theft is an ongoing problem. 

"We took a resolution that we want to close the gap between emerging farmers and commercial farmers. So when we hear all the stories about the high volume of stock theft, it hinders the mandate to close the gap between the farmers. This is our main concern,"  he said.

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