Livestock theft an economical and emotional crime

The National Priority Committee : Rural Safety at a meeting held on 12 March 2019 requested the National Stock Theft Prevention Forum to once again urge all role players within the red meat industry to co-operate in the prevention of stock theft, which is a highly economical and emotional crime by abiding by existing laws. Research has proven that since the adoption of the Animal Identification Act, 2002 (Act 6 of 2002) stock theft decreased immensely.

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VEEDIEFSTAL IS ‘N EKONOMIESE EN EMOSIONELE MISDAAD

Die Nasionale Prioriteitskomitee: Landelike Veiligheid het tydens ‘n vergdering wat op 12 Maart 2019 gehou was, die Nasionale Veediefstal Voorkomingsforum versoek om weer ‘n beroep op alle rolspelers te doen om saam te staan in die stryd teen veediefstal, wat ‘n hoogs ekonomiese en emosionele misdaad is, deur aan bestaande wetgewing te voldoen. Navorsing het bewys dat veediefstal in ‘n groot mate afgeneem het sedert die Wet op die Identifikasie van Diere, 2002 (Wet 6 van 2002), ingestel is.

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Magnitude of Livestock Theft in Kwa Sani and Factors That Could Influence It

Stock theft in KwaZulu-Natal is a major problem that is hampering the prosperity of farmers in the province. The Kwa Sani area was one of the ‘hotspot’ areas and for this reason a study was conducted in this area to acquire information about stock theft, and analyse data gathered in the Kwa Sani Local Municipality, regarding the factors that could contribute towards and curtails stock theft. A non-probability and biased sample was chosen, that constituted farmers in Kwa Sani. The research was done by gathering information through questionnaires. A total of 196 questionnaires was received back. The research confirmed that the following factors are influencing stock theft. The stock theft declined in the last 5 years but there was a slight increase in 2015. In 71.5% of the time, the animals were stolen during the night with the majority early in the evening at full moon. Livestock theft mostly took place over weekends on Sundays followed by Saturday and Friday. Farmers indicated that stock theft tended to happen during the winter months and over December.  Read more …