By Sipho Shongwe
Unbelievable! Helpless farmers and taxpayers from Lundzi have decided to engage a Private Investigator Hunter Shongwe, to investigate and recover stolen cattle in that area. For a long time cattle rustlers have been stealing livestock (cattle and goats) at Lundzi and taking them across the border to South Africa where they are sold to syndicates who trade in stolen cattle.
Farmers at Lundzi reported that they have lost 189 cattle with an estimated market value of E756 000 and 44 goats worth about E22 000. Farmers allege that they have reported numerous livestock theft cases to the police but there are no tangible breakthroughs.
Farmers from Lundzi allege that:
l They have lost many cattle and goats in that area over many years.
l Livestock theft cases reported to police are never solved.
l Some members of the police service collude with the people who steal their livestock.
Following a number of meetings farmers have resolved to engage a private investigator to investigate their livestock theft cases and are contributing money towards his fees. In return, the private investigator has promised to investigate all cases with hopes of recovering some of the cattle. He promised to work with the police force from SA to solve the cases.
Your Friend can point out that it is very hard to believe that members of our police service are colluding with criminals. However, it is equally hard to dismiss the farmers’ allegations as baseless given the fact that some police officers are doing time in jail for criminal activities that include livestock theft. Some police officers have been charged with serious crimes like armed robbery and murder. More....