Boerboels savage postman

2013-02-06 00:00

A WITNESS to a brutal dog attack on a Newcastle postman hit one of the dogs with her car in an attempt to stop the dogs biting the man.

The Boerboels attacked the postman in Sodium Street, Sunny Ridge, Newcastle, at around midday yesterday.

“I drove up and saw the dogs ripping the man apart,” said the eyewitness.

The woman, who asked not to be named, works at a church just metres from where the incident occurred.

She said she was in her office when she heard one of the social workers screaming.

“I rushed out and saw a dog with blood on its face run past the church,” she added.

Realising that something was very wrong, the woman jumped into her car and drove in the direction from which the dog had come.

“Two huge dogs were attacking a man. I didn’t know what to do so I hit one of the dogs with my car hoping it would cease attacking.”

By this time, several other residents had gathered. A second person used a golf club to try and beat the dog off the man, the woman said.

Other eyewitnesses described the attack as violent and horrific.

Newcastle police spokesperson Warrant Officer Simon Luthuli said that the victim, Mandla Kunene, who is in his mid-twenties, is an employee of the Post Office and was out doing deliveries at the time of the attack.

“A case has not yet been registered as we are still investigating the matter before deciding on a charge,” Luthuli concluded.

The owner of the dogs, Erica Schultz, said she was in town when she got a call from her neighbour asking her to rush home.

Schultz said she was informed that her dogs had attacked a man.

“My dogs are not vicious. I have a domestic worker and a gardener and my dogs have never attacked them,” Schultz said, added that pedestrians always tease and provoke her dogs and says that they might have reacted to taunting.

The SPCA’s Heather Gero was on the scene and said she was sympathetic to the victim of the attack.

“Animals should not be on the streets. Pet owners should adhere to municipal bylaws and ensure that pets are in secured environments.”

Gero said the fact that it was a pack attack was very telling and she described the attack as vicious.

She said that the dogs would have to be euthanased.

Netcare 911 paramedics said Kunene suffered serious wounds to the head, face, and neck as well as injuries to the body. He is in the Newcastle private hospital.

Manager at the Newcastle Post Office, Abel Ndlondlo, said he visited Kunene in hospital and was shocked at the extent of his wounds.

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