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Ilse de Lange
1 minute read
11 Jan 2017
5:46 am

Alleged stock thief’s ‘luck’ runs out as bakkie is forfeited

Ilse de Lange

The unlucky bakkie owner's troubles began when police spotted his bakkie being driven without headlights in Mpumalanga.

Picture: AFP

The year has started badly for an alleged stock thief called Lucky after his red bakkie, which was allegedly used to transport stolen sheep, was forfeited to the state.

Judge Eben Jordaan granted an order in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to the National Director of Public Prosecutions, declaring the one-tonner bakkie of Lucky Mamaru forfeited to the state in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

According to court papers, Mamaru’s bad luck started on November 30, 2015 when police allegedly spotted his bakkie being driven without headlights in Chocolate Street in Mhluzi, Mpumalanga.

When the police stopped and searched the vehicle, they allegedly found five live sheep in the back of his vehicle.

Mamaru and three other men allegedly told the police the sheep had been stolen somewhere in the Stoffberg area and that they had a deal with a Mr Skhosana, who wanted to buy the livestock.

It was only when police went to the nearest farm to enquire if any of their livestock had been stolen recently that the owner, Willem Meyer, discovered that some of his sheep were missing.

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