Sosh ‘stock thief’ released on bail

Jakob Marais, arrested for stock theft.

A 57-year-old man charged with stock theft in Soshanguve has been released on bail.

Jakob Marais appeared in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court on Friday on a charge of stock theft after he was allegedly found in possession of four stolen cattle.

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Police spokesperson Constable Matsobane Mabusela said Marais was released on R2 500 bail and the case postponed to Wednesday 30 August.

Marais, believed to be from Krugersdorp, was arrested last Thursday by the Akasia Stock Theft unit police who had been following up on a tip-off from the community.

“He was keeping the cattle in a small kraal in a bushy area near Rosslyn. The police believe the cattle were due to be sold to an abattoir,” said Mabusela.

Three men, believed to be accomplices of Marais, fled on foot to escape arrest during the police raid.

Chairperson of More-Odi farmers association, Solly Motlhathlego said stock farmers were fed-up after a spate of stock theft in Soshanguve, Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa and neighbouring areas.

He said several farmers in the area had reported their cattle stolen recently.

“Community members have told us that they recently spotted a suspicious truck carrying cattle. We gave this information to the police and urged them to investigate,” he said.

He said one farmer came forward last week to report that his herd of five had been stolen.

“Four were recovered,” he said.

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Motlhathlego said over 700 cows had been reported missing from 2016 to date.

“We will protest outside court on his next appearance. We want to put pressure on the judiciary to take tough action against this man,” said Motlhathlego.

He said there was a serious need for the police and farmers to partner to put an end to stock theft.

The SPCA said it would press a further charge of animal cruelty against Marais.

“We were able to establish that two of the cows were heavily pregnant, and were made to track for over 30 kilometres from where they were stolen in Mmakaunyane,” said SPCA inspector, Mishack Matlou.

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