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GREEDY former ANC MP sentenced for stock theft

by Thys Khiba
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By Thys Khiba – A former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament in the North West Legislature, Veronica Mapule Mafolo and Thabo Freddy Phutiyagae have been sentenced to three years direct imprisonment on a charge of stock theft by the Schweizer Reneke Regional Court.

The state urged the court to impose direct imprisonment on the accused as the offence they committed is prevalent in the North West province.

Magistrate Paul Moeng shared the same sentiments with the state and described the action by the duo as influenced by greed.

Moeng said stock-theft harm the farmer’s business and further destroys employment for farm workers.

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The 48-year-old woman and 36-year-old man were arrested following an incident that occurred on 12 January 2018, at a farm in Schweizer Reneke, whereat one of the farmers noticed fresh car tracks in his farm in the early hours of the morning.

Upon counting his stock, he realised that two Bonsmara calves were missing, and he subsequently alerted his brother to report the matter to the police.

The farmer was later called at the Vryburg Auction Kraals, where he positively identified his missing calves,” said North West NPA spokesperson Henry Mamothame.

Evidence gathered has suggested that the ANC member did not want the public to know about her criminal activities.

Evidence led in court revealed that Mafolo pleaded with the farmer not to lay charges against her as it would dent her reputation as a member of Parliament,” said Mamothame.

“Stock theft is rife in our province and the criminal justice system will deal harshly with perpetrators of such offences without fear, favour or prejudice,” said Director of Public Prosecutions in the North West, Dr Rachel Makhari.

At the time of publishing this article, Central News could not get a comment from the ANC in the province.

 

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