#CrimeStats | New moo-ves to outsmart stock thieves

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#CrimeStats | New moo-ves to outsmart stock thieves

Theft of cattle, sheep, goats and even donkeys prompts calls for a national digital database to track livestock

Nivashni Nair and Suthentira Govender

Farmers are resorting to putting up coffins, using apps and hiring armed guards to protect their precious stock.

The crime statistics released in parliament on Thursday revealed that KwaZulu-Natal, followed by the Eastern Cape, had recorded high numbers of cattle, sheep and goat theft – almost 30,000 incidents that have cost the industry more than R1bn.

Mark Ngwenya, one of the founders of Cattle-Watch, told Times Select on Thursday that the number of enquiries about the app, which tracks cattle on a cellphone or a PC, was growing daily...

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