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    Alarming stock theft cases hit Beitbridge


    ELLEN MLAMBO
    BEITBRIDGE BUREAU

    BEITBRIDGE – Beitbridge communities which are heavily depended on livestock for livelihood because of the perennial droughts have been heavily hit by stocktheft cases that are on the increase despite several meetings held by stakeholders this January to combat the crime.
    Ward 6 councillor Itani Joseph Muleya who is Beitbridge Rural District Council vice chairperson said the situation has become dire for villagers as the cattle are not only stolen but are being snared and this is leaving some including calves fatally wounded.
    He said an emergence meeting was called to discuss the issue on January 24 this year and another one will be held again end of this month.
    The Police, councillors, town council, RDC, EMA, Arex, Forestry Commission, village heads and other stakeholders attended the meeting.
    He said in some cases as many as nine cattle are reported stolen every day and the meat is mainly sold to restaurants and other eating houses in Beitbridge. He asked those involved in the crime either as the perpetrators or accomplices to spare a thought for the poor villagers who are depended on their livestock for everything.
    Police spokesperson Philisoni Ndebele said they have received 11 cases of stock theft during the month of February, in March four cases have been recorded.
    "In February alone four arrest have been made and the cases are at the courts. We are having challenges with people who take time to report cases therefore, we are urging those affected to quickly make Police reports," said Ndebele.
    The worst affected wards are 5, 6 and 15.
    A villager who spoke to The Mirror said he had to slaughter two beasts after they were snared by stock thieves.
    He also said that the hardest hit villages are Makakavure and Malala villages.
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