Mpuma cop, son in court for stock theft

Johannesburg - A police officer and his son appeared in the Ermelo Magistrate's Court on Monday for allegedly stealing sheep from a local farm, Mpumalanga police said.

The case against Warrant Officer Themba Kuhlaze, 43, and his son Mxolisi Shabalala, 27, was postponed to 15 August for further investigation, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said.

The warrant officer, who was stationed at the vehicle identification unit in Ermelo, and his son were arrested on Friday for allegedly stealing five sheep from Good Hope Farm in Ermelo.

"It was reported to police that there were people who have stolen sheep and were travelling in a silver Ford Ranger bakkie," said Mohlala.

Police spotted the men in the vehicle in the Ermelo CBD with the five sheep carcasses loaded on the back.

"[A] further probe uncovered that Kuhlaze had no authority to... use the vehicle which was identified as a police vehicle allocated to the vehicle identification unit in Ermelo," said Mohlala.

Kuhlaze would also undergo an internal police investigation and would also face an additional charge of using a motor vehicle without the owner's permission.

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Michael Unathi 2014-08-04 07:57:41 PM
Police car used for theft! Some use these state cars to transport copper cables, beer, groceries etc. Recently two stopped me using a state car full of checkers plastics and were not on uniform. I asked them their names and identification, they apologized n told me they stopped a wrong car. I asked myself, if they are police n not on duty, are they allowed to move around with there cars? The following a.m the car was at that station n no one know who was using it the previous day. What a shame!
Phillip Marchant 2014-08-04 08:03:59 PM
This is clearly not theft, but a noble South African policeman going the extra mile. He was merely moving the sheep from one farm to the other, because he heard that the farm labourers were all planning to desert, because they had not been paid in six months. Apparently the new farm owner is very busy in another job, and had not had the opportunity to come and look for the button that says "press for farm to operate".
Sbudafaya 2014-08-04 08:16:58 PM
@william can you get over it already I've been asked for money by a white cop and yes I gave it it's the order of the day. There is corruption in every race baba wake up and smell the coffee. @ Phillip well put I like your creativity you made my day.
Phil Flaan 2014-08-04 09:11:50 PM
Like father like son, steal and breed, that is all they can do. Father is 43 and the son is 27 so daddy was 16 when son was born. What a good family! Feel free to remove my comment, it will change everything and it will learn son to be a good man.