Police condemn stolen cattle slaughter

06 Dec 2016 18:50pm
OUTJO, 06 DEC (NAMPA) - The Otjozondjupa police has condemned the barbaric act of cattle rustlers who slaughtered 12 stolen cattle inside a grazing camp forming part of the Queen Sofia government resettlement farm.
The cattle are valued at more than N.dollars 100 000.
Queen Sofia government resettlement farm is situated approximately 90 kilometres east of Outjo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
“We are saddened by this barbaric act of cattle rustlers who slaughtered 12 stolen cattle and ran away,” spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Tuesday.
Mbeha said the killing, skinning and drying of meat had probably occurred over the past two weeks without being noticed, as the meat was dried and packed into bags.
A total of 26 bags full of dry meat and snare wires were found at the slaughtering point inside the grazing camp on Monday.
The scene was discovered Monday afternoon when some cattle herders in the area spotted a man carrying a bag of dried meat on his shoulders.
Mbeha said when the cattle herders approached this man to ask him questions; he pulled out a machete and chased them around before disappearing in the bushes.
She said the police were then called to the farm and followed the origin of his footprints, which led them to the slaughtering point at the edge of the farm in thick bushes.
Preliminary police investigations indicate the 12 cattle were driven into this particular grazing camp from another farm situated in the same district.
Mbeha is calling on farmers to regularly patrol their property, count their livestock and de-bush their areas to detect suspicious footprints of poachers and/or cattle rustlers.