Free State police have taken three people in for questioning in connection with the killing of two anti-theft patrols in Balat on Wednesday.
A third patrol was wounded in the attack. Three patrolmen were shot dead by alleged thieves while patrolmen questioned a stolen animal in the house.
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The suspects fled after the shooting. Police say investigators found six head of cattle in the house that were allegedly stolen and traced information that led them to the suspects.
These anti-theft officers in the village of Bolata say that if the police had responded to their call for reinforcements in time, the deaths of two of their members could have been avoided.
“Our main problem here in this area is the people who come from Lesotho. They steal our cows, and they are armed, and we have no weapons, we are not armed, so this is our main problem, ”said one of the patrolmen.