A GROUP of 15 emerging farmers have accused the police's stock theft unit of turning a blind eye to the theft of cattle in Rosedale, Uitenhage.
The angry farmers said nothing was being done about the problem, even though they knew who stole their cattle and reported the matter to the stock theft unit.
Mzukisi Bana, 72, has lost 40 cattle to stock theft since 2009.
"I caught [stock thieves] red-handed still slaughtering my two cows and when I called the police, they took all the meat saying that they will perform a DNA test. I don't know how long that takes because the first time they told me about the DNA test was in 2009.
"Every week people steal our cattle and it is so sad that the meat is being sold right under our noses," he said.
But police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Gerda Swart said the stock theft unit's acting commander had confirmed cases were opened and they were investigating.
"In some other cases they are waiting for a DNA test. There is also a problem of the cattle owners not branding their cattle which are seen roaming around the streets of KwaNobuhle and it becomes difficult to trace the owner," she said.