The 58-year-old couldn’t believe his eyes when he found 12 of the goats in a house that operates as a church.
Nonki, from Leeuwfontein outside Marble Hall, Limpopo said the theft took place two weeks ago when the shepherd was away from the camp.
Nonki managed to catch two suspects in neighbouring Moeding Village on Tuesday. The two men took Nonki to a house in Tafelkop.
Nonki said: “I found the goats at a house that also serves as a church. The owners told us the other goats had been sold to a man for R3 500. We went to fetch the goats, but only found 12,” said Nonki.
The two men then led Nonki to the third suspect.
Nonki, who still has 18 goats missing, said his troubles are getting worse. He has a contract with the National Emergent Red Meat Producers’ Organisation, and has to supply them with 60 goats in November. He said the organisation will fine him if he doesn’t deliver.
Police spokeswoman Constable Boitumelo confirmed a case of stock theft was opened.
The suspects, aged 31, 28 and 22, appeared before the Motetema Magistrates Court on Friday.
One of them was granted R1 000 bail, while the other two were denied bail. They are expected to reappear in court tomorrow.