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The seven suspects who were arrested on the 10 November 2022, after they were found in possession of suspected stolen livestock, with an estimated value of R500 000, are granted bail by the Molopo Magistrates’ Court on the 16 November 2022.

Henry Mamothame NPA Regional Spokesperson says the seven suspects’ case was remanded to 31 January 2023, for further investigations. They are facing 5 preliminary charges of theft, failure to provide a satisfactory account of the possession of livestock, acquiring stock from persons whose places of residence are unknown, transporting livestock along the road without a certificate and absence of reasonable cause believing that the livestock has been properly acquired.

The case emanates from a report from the farmers of Ottoshoop who tracked a suspicious bakkie to a farm in Koenlambrechts farm between Mahikeng and Lichtenburg. Police were notified, and the suspects were arrested while trying to leave the farm. Investigations through a collaborative operation between farmers and the police led to a total of 42 cattle discovered in separate places.

Bail was granted to Willem Petrus Boshoff (R10 000), Carel Stephan Wallis (R12 000), Ntlhothana Motswabangwe (R5000), Rapula Letsapa (R3000), Johannes Wessel (R5000), Simon Wessel (R5000) and Janine Hill (R5000). The court placed all of them under house arrest, however, permitted them to only attend their place of work. They were also ordered to report to their nearest police stations every Monday and Friday, between 06h00 and 18h00. Furthermore, they are required not to interfere with the state’s witnesses.

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