Cops thought they were going blerrie mal when they spotted a taxi packed with 14 bokke.
And the passengers weren’t members of the national rugby team, say the Meyerton cops who made the unusual bust.
Images of the stolen goats, which have since surfaced on social media, show some of the animals standing backwards in the front seat of the taxi which was pulled over on Tuesday.
The rest were packed into the back of the vehicle as the seats had been removed.
Police spokeswoman Constable Maria Letsele told The Star that officers were doing a routine patrol when they stopped three vehicles travelling together: a white Hilux bakkie, a black Volkswagen Jetta and the taxi.
Letsele said the driver and others with him in the vehicle could not justify why the animals were inside the vehicle.
The five men, who are from Soweto and Kliprivier, have been arrested and charged with stock theft.
Those inside the Jetta and the bakkie fled the scene.
Meanwhile, the 14 goats have since been returned to their owner, who is from Sherman Park in Meyerton.