Alleged stock thieves will be appearing in court this morning, Friday 10th, on charges of stock theft and possession of suspected stolen livestock. The duo, Surprise Mbombi (45) and Scara Mathebula (50), are expected to make their second appearance in the Lulekani Magistrate.
The duo initially appeared at the same court on Thursday last week, 2nd of June, and were remanded in custody following their apprehension by members of the Lulekani police. According to the Lulekani saps spokesperson, Sgt Reoh Mabunda, it is alleged that on Monday, the 31st of May, the police followed a tip of men who were seen selling meat.
Through their swift reaction, one suspect was arrested after he was found selling said meat which was inside buckets and they enforced the Stock Theft Act, 1957 (Act No. 57 of 1957) and the Animal Identification Act, 2002 (Act No. 6 of 2002).
Through police interrogation, the suspect then took the police to his accomplice where a cow’s leftovers including the head was found inside the house and he too was arrested immediately.
“The two suspects also took the police to the nearby bushes where the slaughtering of the cow took place. They were all charged with stock theft and remanded in custody pending further police investigation,” stated Mabunda.
In an unrelated matter, Sgt Mabunda revealed that the police in Lulekani were also busy investigating a case of inquest. This after a man, identified as Samuel Ntimani and believed to be of the age of 50, was found hanging in the nearby bushes of Ninakhulu settlement in the Policing precinct of Lulekani.
According to Mabunda, on Monday, the 31st of May, at about 07:30 the police received information about a man who was found hanging from a tree and upon their arrival on the scene, they found the informant who showed them the deceased who was hanging from a wire under the tree.
Paramedics were immediately summoned to the scene and the man was certified dead and a case of inquest was immediately opened. His body was taken to Maphuta Malatjie hospital government mortuary where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
“Thus far, the police do not have any detailed information on the circumstances of his death however, full details will be determined by the outcome of the autopsy while investigation is still underway,” concluded Mabunda.