Speaking to The Chronicle, Matabeleland South police spokesperson Inspector Philisani Ndebele confirmed that they recovered 21 head of cattle worth about $7 400 in Gweru. The cattle are suspected to have been stolen from Thekwe Farm in Shangani, leading to the arrest of Reward Bedzi while his alleged accomplice Themba Dube is on the run.
Ndebele yesterday said they first intercepted 17 of the stolen cattle while they were being herded by a young herd boy near Ruby Farm in Gweru. Further investigations led to the recovery of four other stolen cattle. Said Ndebele:
On May 10 we received a report of 21 stolen cattle from Thekwe Farm which had been driven to an unknown destination. The cattle rustlers are suspected to have cut off the pen fencing and drove away the herd. The herd had been branded with computerised, personalised brands which apparently led to their recovery.