By Khulekani Nene
After an increase in cattle rustling in the Lubombo region, the community police have found stolen cattle at Nsulutane near Sikhuphe.
According to the community police in the area, the cattle were stolen from different homesteads around the area by a suspected syndicate which sells the cattle to butcheries in Manzini.
On Tuesday, community police, together with residents went on a search at Njojane and the operation paid off as they were able to recover a herd of 12 of cattle.
Water Mabuza, a community policewoman and leader of the search party, said the herd of 12 cattle was found in a kraal at Njojane.
“We were led to the kraal by a suspect who is currently in police custody. After getting information, we confronted a suspect who, in turn, did not waste our time but led us to the cattle.
Here are three of the recovered cattle but the others are already with their owners,” Mabuza said while pointing at three cattle. Sibongile Nhleko, another community police, said she could not give a precise figure of the stolen cattle. “Since the beginning of the month, reports of stolen cattle have increased. You find that each and every homestead around here has a missing cow,” she said.
Yesterday morning, residents convened outside the kraal in which the recovered cattle are kept and deliberated on what could be done to fight cattle rustling in the area.
Those who attended the meeting included former Senator Robert Zwane and Seven days Tsabedze, also a former constituency councillor (bucopho).
Interviewed later, Tsabedze said the significance of the meeting was to hatch new plans to fight cattle rustling in the area. More....