Kgomo Khumo North West Operation Nabs 10 Suspects

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…public invited to identify suspected stolen cattle

In the ongoing anti-stock theft operation commonly known as Kgomo Khumo, police have arrested ten suspects in the North West District while one is still at large.

As stock theft continues to wreak havoc across the country, the operation’s task team that is assigned to curb the scourge has been deployed to the North West policing area from 22nd April 2024 and will complete their operations next month (22nd July 2024).

Addressing the North West District full council session this week, chairman Itumeleng Kelebetseng revealed that ten cases of stock theft were recorded during the operation, out of which two are pending before customary courts while eight are still under investigation.

Furthermore, he indicated that fifteen stolen cattle and eight carcasses were recovered with most of the cases having been detected in and around Maun area. “Thirteen various stock related offences were detected and nine were completed by admission of guilty, whereas, two are still pending,” the council chairman added.

Meanwhile, police have invited members of the public for viewing and identification of ten cattle suspected to have been stolen in some parts of the Ngamiland district. The cattle which police indicate their brands have been tempered with are currently held in a kraal at Sehithwa Police Station.

Since its first launch in June 2019, Kgomo Khumo has been a darling of many farmers as they appreciated its instant impact in dismantling cattle rustlers’ syndicates across the country which resulted in arrests of suspects. Some of the suspects have been sentenced and currently serving jail sentences.

In other crime related matters, police have also arrested eleven suspects charged for illegal sand mining. According to Kelebetseng, four of the suspects are Zimbabwean nationals, whereas seven are Batswana.

“Nine cases were disposed off by admission of guilty while two cases are still pending. A total of P16 400 was collected from those who admitted guilty to the offence,” he revealed.

For offences against morality, it has been reported that a total of one hundred and thirty cases were recorded at Maun child friendly center. From the reported cases, seventeen are rape cases, fifty-three defilements, thirty-eight ill treatments, seventeen cruel punishments, four indecent assaults and one is case of failure to report sexual abuse.

“Ten cases are at Directorate Public Prosecution, seven were registered before Magistrate court, two were withdrawn before court, eight were closed due to lack of evidence, two were closed on false enquiry and the rest are still pending investigations,” the council chairman revealed.

Kelebetseng has since urged councilors to join hands in the fight against these disheartening criminal acts happening in the district.

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