Goats saga: Zim man jailed for breaching SA immigration laws

Nthatheni Ndou

One of the three Zimbabwean men who were recently arrested after being found with over 50 stolen goats in Mokopane area in South Africa has been jailed for six months.

Tsepang Ndou was sent behind bars for violating a section of the Immigration Act south of the Limpopo River.

Charges against his two accomplices Albert Tsepo Sebola and Adonis Moyo were withdrawn before plea by the State.

Ndou who pleaded guilty to charges, when he appeared at the Mokopane Magistrate Court on Monday, was sentenced to six months imprisonment and three months were conditionally suspended for five years.

He was left with three months effective to serve.

In addition, the owner of the said goats had an out of court settlement with the other accused persons.

The goats stolen from Shashe, Ward 8 will now be returned to their owner pending further logistics.

The trio was caught transporting 56 stolen goats and three sheep near the Nyl plaza in Mokopane policing area on 17 March 2023.

According to SAPS, the trio had been driving an Isuzu pickup truck from Musina heading to Gauteng province when their vehicle was stopped during a roadblock.

The stolen livestock was in turn confisticated by the police.

These had been stolen from villages in Shashe.

Livestock production is one of the major economic anchors.

Stock theft rackets are reported to be targeting goats from Beitbridge for resale in South Africa for between R1500 and R2000.

On the local market, goats are sold between R400 and R600.

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