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Police officer and son caught red-handed & arrested in connection with stealing sheep from Goodhope farm.

Police official and his son arrested in connection with stealing sheep from Goodhope farm.

MBOMBELA- A warrant officer and his son appeared before the Ermelo Magistrate’s Court on allegations of stock theft.

This follows incident that occurred on August 2 in Ermelo whereby a police received information about people who have stolen sheep and were travelling in a silver Ford Ranger bakkie.”

The police then intensified their patrols on the lookout of the vehicle in question and spotted and stopped it in town for a search,”said Brid Selvy Mohlala.

Police found five carcases of sheep at the back of the bakkie whiloe its occupants W/O Themba Kuhlaze (43) and his son Mxolisi Shabalala (27) were arrested on spot.
“Further probe uncovered that Kuhlaze had no authority to use the vehicle which was identified as a police vehicle allocated to the Vehicle Identification Unit in Ermelo,”he continued.

It was also revealed that the sheep were stolen from Good Hope Farm in Ermelo.

The two were apprehended and charged with stock theft.

Major General Nogwanya explicitly condemns the alleged acts by Kuhlaze and his son. He reiterated his warning to the police that no one is above the law. He also applauded the police who after receiving information, operationalised it effectively and arrested their own.

He further thanked the public for the tip off as it assisted the police to arrest the suspects.

Both suspects were remanded in custody and will appear again in court on August

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