24 Nov 2011 Two arrested for stock-theft, including Kokstad KZN farmer Shane Kidmore
The community of Nolangeni Ward in the Kokstad area let out their cattle, as they do daily, to graze in the meadow fields at Greyvenveld. Earlier this week, six head of cattle were allegedly stolen while grazing. Commander of the SAPS Kokstad Stock Theft Unit, Captain Comewell Zingisile Madadase, sourced information via his informer network and established that the cattle had been driven on foot by a suspect, to a farm in West Land. It was thereafter taken by vehicle to another farm.
Accompanied by other members of his unit on Monday morning, 21 November, Captain Madadase proceeded to Thornhill Farm to where the cattle had allegedly been driven by Khangelani Madolo (43). Investigations revealed that six head of cattle had indeed been driven to this farm from Greyvenveld and was thereafter fetched by another farmer, Shane Skidmore, and taken to his property, Skiddique Farm in the Droeweg area. Five head of cattle were allegedly recovered by the unit at the farm and Shane Skidmore was arrested as he could not reasonably account for being in possession of the stolen cattle.
Khangelani Madolo and Shane Skidmore appeared in the Kokstad Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday on a charge of stock theft and the case was remanded until Friday this week. They remain in police custody. The GWM truck that the cattle had allegedly been transported in was impounded by police. The recovered cattle was removed from Skiddique Farm by the Kokstad SPCA and taken to the Kokstad Municipal Pound pending their return to their lawful owner.
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