FAMILIES and friends who came from far and wide to attend a traditional ceremony were shocked on Saturday when cops arrived and confiscated their feast.
The ceremony at Qoboqobo Village in Centane was disrupted because the family had unknowingly bought a stolen sheep.
The man who sold them the sheep was arrested at his house in Mthonjeni locality, Thuthura Village, Centane on Friday.
After his arrest he allegedly told the cops who had bought the sheep.
Police spokesman Captain Jackson Manatha told Daily Sun: “A 42-year-old man had allegedly stolen eight sheep from a relative a few days before. He sold the sheep in various villages around Butterworth and Centane.”
Manatha said a stolen slaughtered sheep – to be used for a traditional ceremony – was found at Qoboqobo Village.
The carcass was confiscated and handed over to its lawful owner.
“The eight sheep are valued at R12 000,” said Manatha.
The suspect is due to appear in the Centane Magistrates Court today