BY SILAS NKALA
MASHABA space in Matabeleland South province was the scene of bloody clashes on the weekend after Botswana cattle farmers teamed up with Gwanda villagers to assault suspected cattle rustlers.
The cattle rustlers have been reportedly caught red-handed driving away donkeys and cattle, resulting in the bloody clashes.
This got here just a few days after authorities from the 2 international locations pledged to co-operate in combating stocktheft.
A villager mentioned cattle farmers from Botswana got here to Gwanda final week to trace their stolen cattle.
“We then went to the Nhwali space utilizing three automobiles. On the John dip tank, we discovered 11 stolen donkeys in a kraal. We apprehended two suspects and drove away the donkeys. The suspects had divided themselves into teams and others have been driving stolen cattle. They then attacked and injured 4 of our members,” mentioned a villager, who refused to be named.
He mentioned these injured have been taken to Manama Hospital, the place they have been transferred to Gwanda Hospital.
“Two of the suspects have been apprehended and brought to Guyu Police Station, whereas one succumbed to accidents,” he mentioned.
Matabeleland South Anti-Inventory Theft Affiliation chairperson Victor Sibanda appealed to safety forces to accentuate patrols alongside the border space.
Matabeleland South police spokesperson Inspector Loveness Mangena mentioned she couldn’t touch upon the difficulty as she was not at work, whereas nationwide police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi mentioned he was not conscious of the incident.