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NERPO pleased with the 80 years stock theft jail sentence

Media release

For Immediate release

26 February 2015

NERPO pleased with the 80 years stock theft jail sentence

The National Emergent Red Meat Producer’s Organisation (NERPO) is very pleased with the recent news on the conviction and an 80 years sentencing of a stock thief in the Mokopane Regional Court, Limpopo. This type of conviction and sentencing will go a long way in assisting livestock farmers regain confidence in the South African judiciary system. According Dr Langelihle Simela, CEO of the the conviction would send a strong message to people engaging in stock theft. Dr Simela said due to stock theft the industry was losing an estimated R750 million every year. This is just under R3 million daily.

According to Dr Simela stock theft threatens all South African livestock producers’ very existence, but smallholder farmers were the hardest hit. She said this was mainly due to the proximity of their farming units to human settlement which makes them more vulnerable to stock theft. The Beeld newspaper reported East Rand man, Tinus Groenewald, 37, stole cattle and goats worth around R2 million in Limpopo and the North West between July and August 2013. Groenewald was sentenced 80 years on various counts, but the judge ordered he serve the sentences concurrently, bringing down the sentence to 16 years.

“Stock theft has over the years become a highly lucrative business fuelled by poor success rate in prosecution and conviction. Because of this, offenders had very little to worry about when engaging in such deeds,” said Dr Simela.

Dr Simela urged smallholder farmers to ensure that their animals were identifiable through branding and tagging them. Without personal identification, it is impossible to prove ownership on stolen animals. “It would be impossible for buyers of these animals, be it feedlotters, auctioneers, abattoirs or other farmers to tell whether or not the cattle were stole if not branded. In terms of the Animal Identification Act (Act 6 of 2002) all livestock must be branded with either a hot iron brand marks for cattle and tattoo marks for smallstock,” concluded Dr Simela.



Dr Langelihle Simela

NERPO Chief Executive Officer   

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