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Stock theft: Education boss busted for stolen cattle

A top-ranking official from the North West department of education remains in custody after more than R300 000 worth of stolen cattle were found on his property. Gift Ramadie, a part-time farmer, was busted after a helicopter search led concerned farmers to his farm

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A high-ranking government official from North West, Gift Ramadie (50), and his employee, Goitsemodimo Modukanele (38), are in police custody after about 100 stolen cows and calves were found in their possession.

Ramadie, chief director at the North West department of education, will appear in court next week. This, after the part-time Barberspan farmer was apprehended last Friday along with Modukanele, a farmworker.

North West NPA spokesperson Henry Mamothame tells Food For Mzansi the matter has been postponed to Tuesday, 2 March for a bail application at the Delareyville magistrate’s court.

The suspects will, however, remain in police custody until their next court appearance.

Cattle worth R300 000

The arrest followed after farmers from the area hired a private chopper to locate a stud bull, with an estimated value of R120 000, and six stud Bonsmara cattle worth R189 000.

Bonsmara cattle valued at more than R300 000 were found on the farm of North West chief director in the department of education, Gift Ramadie. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi
Bonsmara cattle worth more than R300 000 were found on the farm of North West chief director in the department of education, Gift Ramadie. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi
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The stolen livestock were found on one of Ramadie’s properties outside Delareyville.

The stolen livestock were reported in separate incidents at the Delareyville and Sannieshof police stations between 2 and 18 February 2021.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwaabone 11 animals were positively identified by their owners.

“Others,” he says, “were seized and taken to Lichtenburg pound for further investigation as their brand marks were tampered with. Investigation into the matter continues.”

North West police commissioner lieutenant-general Sello Kwena congratulated the farmers, members of the community and the police for their cooperation in the matter.

‘Attack on life and liberty’

Meanwhile online media personality Sihle Ngobese, who goes by the name of Big Daddy Liberty, took to YouTube to describe the stock theft incident as yet another indication that the state and political elites are part of the problem, and not the solution.

Online media personality Sihle Ngobese. Photo: Twitter
Online media personality Sihle Ngobese. Photo: Twitter

“These political elites are not your friends, especially when you are in the agricultural sector. If anything, they are clearly involved and complicit in the attack on our farming communities. This case is but one example of what you will find are many more,” he says.

Ngobese alluded that he comes from a farming background and therefore understands the impact of stock theft on farmers.

“I understand what it means when a few sheep start disappears and how devastating that is to a bottom line. I understand what that means, and it is an attack on life, liberty and property rights,”

He says what farmers and farming community needs to understand is “politicians, political elites and government are not your friend. You are better of rallying among yourselves.”

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Duncan Masiwa
Duncan Masiwa
DUNCAN MASIWA is a budding journalist with a passion for telling great agricultural stories. He hails from Macassar, close to Somerset West in the Western Cape, where he first started writing for the Helderberg Gazette community newspaper. Besides making a name for himself as a columnist, he is also an avid poet who has shared stages with artists like Mahalia Buchanan, Charisma Hanekam, Jesse Jordan and Motlatsi Mofatse.
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