Accused appears in court for possession of suspected stolen stock worth thousands

POTCHEFSTROOM – Itumeleng Godfrey Setatwe (45) appeared in the Vryburg Magistrates’ Court today on a charge of stock theft. He will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Monday, 29 August 2022.

The accused court appearance emanated from his arrest on Saturday, 20 August 2022. It is alleged that Vryburg police station members were travelling on the N18 road on their way to Pudimoe when they spotted a suspicious looking bakkie and stopped it for a search. During the search, 21 goats worth R42 000-00 were found at the back of the bakkie. The driver was questioned, but failed to give proper account for the possession. It was further established that he did not have transportation documents. As a result, he was arrested for stock theft and taken to Vryburg policer station. Upon arrival at the police station, he allegedly tried to run away and assaulted two police officers who were detaining him. He was subsequently restrained and detained.

The lawful owner of the stock was successfully traced and given his goats back.

Source: South African Police Service

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