During a three-day operation by police aimed at combating transnational or cross-border crimes affecting both South Africa and Lesotho, over 200 stolen cattle and goats were seized.
The operation that was conducted from August 6 to 8 yielded positive results in stock theft along the border, police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said on Sunday.
“Various operations, including road blocks, stop and searches as well as visits to livestock pounds, kraals, butcheries and abattoirs were conducted. Livestock owners also formed part of the operation to identify their stolen stock,” Zwane said.
Police also confiscated drugs such as whoonga, tik and dagga as well as dangerous weapons. Expired goods were also seized during the operation.
“A total of 25 suspects were arrested for various crimes including for being illegal immigrants, selling of liquor without a licence, assault and domestic related cases.
“Nine people were charged for failing to brand-mark their livestock and 88 were issued with traffic fines.”