25-year-old Mohau Mamaseli made an appearance before the Virginia Magistrate’s Court on Monday 26 October 2020 after suspected stolen stock was found in his possession. Mamaseli was also found with a dangerous weapon in his possession.
The arrest comes after Virgina police joined forces with farmers from Theunissen and Virginia who spotted the suspect with stolen stock whilst driving a white Colt bakkie. Police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said the farmers used drones to track down the bakkie whilst communicating with Virginia Police Rural Safety member Warrant Officer Danie Pretorious.
“The vehicle was tracked down and found stationary due to a flat tyre on the R730 the Virginia / Welkom Road. The vehicle was found loaded with a lot of cow meat and body parts and was seized. Five other suspects fled the scene before the arrival of the police and the farmers and they are still at large,” said Makhele. On further investigation it was established that live stock was stolen at one of the farms in Theunissen.
Should anyone have information regarding the other five suspects, Detective Sergeant Mojalefa Mota of Stock Theft and Endangered Species can be contacted at 078 044 7011 or Crime Stop can be called on 08600 10111.
The case has been postponed to 2 November 2020 for bail application.
Pierce van Heerden