STOCK THEFT AT MAPHIVENI
Frequent army patrols have been introduced to man patrols at the Nkalashane Sisa Ranch in Maphiveni following upsurge in cattle stolen from the ministry of agriculture farm near the Mozambique border.
Personnel stationed at the cordon fence say this week a carcass was recovered with missing limbs from deep inside the farm and this called for increased patrols by soldiers stationed at the Maphiveni Army barracks nearby.
While the ban of imported beef crossing the cordon fence into Swaziland was lifted, personnel from the ministry of agriculture continue to register movement of cattle from Mafucula, Shewula and Lomahasha. Cattle rustlers target the Sisa ranch because of its dense forest growth and the river cutting through.
National Police Commissioner Isaac Magagula said during a joint meeting hosted by his Mozambican counterpart Bernardino Rafael in Maputo, that livestock were among other smuggled goods.
He said a total of 474 cattle valued at US$230 000 was smuggled into Mozambique while the rest of the items comprised electronic gadgets worth about US$220 000 that were stolen from schools, business premises and domestic residences.
The Swazi police chief however noted that the rate of stock theft has declined by 20 percent since the two police forces signed a memorandum of understanding on cross border crime in 2014. Of concern however was the lack of an extradition treaty between Mozambique and Swaziland which both entities felt compromised the exchange of criminal fugitives. The agenda of the meeting was the cross border crimes phenomenon where both countries presented reports on the rates of crimes which occur along the two borders and boundaries that the countries share.
During the meeting the Swazi delegation had an opportunity to tour around some of the crime-prone areas on the Mozambican side during a tour conducted by Rafael.