3 arrests after 7 sheep found in baggage section of bus in Eastern Cape
- Police arrested three suspects after finding seven sheep locked in the baggage section of a bus.
- They were apprehended after an impromptu police search.
- The suspects were fined R300 each and asked to appear in court if they did not pay the fines.
Police arrested three suspects, including a bus driver, after finding seven sheep locked in the baggage section of a bus in Mount Fletcher, Eastern Cape.
The trio were arrested during an impromptu police operation in the town of Xaxazana.
Police spokesman Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana said during the search that seven sheep were found in the baggage section of the bus.
He added that the police, including the provincial commissioner, Lt. Gen. Liziwe Ntshinga, were on their way to an awareness event when they stopped the bus.
Ntshinga conducted a search and called for reinforcements.
“As she continued to search the bus, seven sheep were found locked inside where passenger luggage is normally kept.”
Three people arrested after failing to produce proof of purchase after seven sheep were found on a bus (provided by SAPS)
According to Kinana, the bus driver was questioned in connection with the discovery.
“The bus driver was questioned about the papers for transporting the sheep he could not produce. Those who claimed that the sheep could also not produce the papers which would have served as proof of purchase,” he added.
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The cattle were taken to the police station and an investigation was launched to verify the information provided by the suspects.
Kinana said that after the investigation, police were convinced the sheep had not been stolen but that the cattle theft regulations had been violated, as no documents had been produced for the transport and the purchase of livestock.
“Three suspects – including the bus driver – aged 27 to 35, were arrested after failing to provide the necessary documents to prove the sheep had not been stolen.”
The suspects were fined R300 each and asked to appear in court if they did not pay the fines.
Ntshinga warned the cattle thieves to refrain from their activities as the net around them was gradually closing.