Police allegedly involved in stock theft

18 Sep 2015 19:20pm


Allegations of the involvement of Namibian Police (NamPol) officers from the Hoachanas and Aminuis police stations in a stock theft incident on Thursday night, are yet to be confirmed.

A police officer from the Hardap Region said on Friday information was received that an Aminuis police officer was arrested for the alleged stock theft committed on a farm in the Uhlenhorst area.

NamPol's Hardap Acting Regional Commander, Joshua Kaduva confirmed knowledge of the incident, but said he had no further information as at late Friday afternoon.

The deputy commissioner said officers were dispatched to investigate the incident and he would know more once they reported back to the Mariental regional station.

He said early information indicated that a police officer or officers may be involved, but that this was also not confirmed. He said any suspect, whether a police officer or not, faces arrest.

An officer at the Kalkrand police station - which is nearest to Hoachanas - said the station commander, Warrant Officer Alion Haraseb was out in the field investigating the stock theft incident.

On Friday morning, Namibian journalist John Grobler reported on Facebook that a police van was spotted on Thursday night loading 12 sheep at a farm in the Uhlenhorst area southeast of Windhoek.

When members of a neighbourhood watch gave chase, all the way to Aminuis, the suspects allegedly got rid of the sheep by throwing them off the vehicle while fleeing at high speed. Grobler wrote that the sheep now had to be destroyed, given the serious injuries sustained.

This alleged case follows the recent arrest of a senior police officer suspected of poaching an endangered animal species.