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Police Blamed For Rise In Stock Thefts

Police Blamed For Rise In Stock Thefts

By Vusisizwe Mkhwananzi Gwanda, February 06, 20102 – Farmers in Matabeleland 
South province have blamed the Zimbabwe Republic Police for the increase in 
stock thefts saying the force is failing to effectively respond to reports 
due to its depleted fleet amid revelations that 60 cattle are stolen every 

The police reportedly demand fuel from complainants who want their livestock 
tracked down, while in some instances they have ordered those affected to 
bring their suspects.

“The police are not doing enough to curb cattle rustling; we are now being 
forced to dig deep into our pockets to help police track down cattle 
rustlers. At one time I went to Guyu to make a report and was told to bring 
suspects up to now seven of my cattle are still missing,” said Lerato Moyo 
of Ntepe.

Matabeleland South Police Spokesman Inspector Tafanana Dzirutwe conceded 
there was a shortage of vehicles but said this has not stopped them from 
doing their work.

“The shortage of vehicles is not a problem for Mat South alone; it is a 
nationwide problem,” he said.

The police have also come under fire for overseeing auctions for branded 
stray cattle without bothering to track down the owners.

In 2011 of the 1 273 cattle that were reported stolen only 600 were 
recovered while 60 cattle rustlers were convicted out of the 266 that were 


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