Crackdown on cattle rustling

Crackdown on cattle rustling

The Crimes Amendment Bill will, amongst other things, introduce two new offences for livestock rustling:

  • Theft of livestock – or any other animal including beehives and farm dogs – becomes an offence liable for up to seven years’ imprisonment, and
  • Unlawful entry on agricultural land with the intent to steal livestock or to act unlawfully against specified things such as buildings or machinery on that land becomes an offence liable for up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

The Bill is yet to receive Royal Assent. We will have more information for you in the next edition of Rural eSpeaking.

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