Kokstad dog cruelty accused released on bail

2009-02-11 00:00

A Mount Ayliff school teacher, Andile Jezile (38), appeared in the Kokstad Magistrate’s Court yesterday on seven counts of cruelty to animals.

He allegedly punished his dog by dragging it on a rope behind his car in January.

Jezile was not asked to plead and was released on R1 500 bail. The case was adjourned to February 27.

He allegedly threw the dog into the bushes after the incident, which caused an uproar among residents of Kokstad, many of whom called for Jezile’s immediate arrest. The dog was put down by a local vet because its injuries were so severe.

Jezile reportedly punished the dog after it bit his son.

The National Council of SPCAs said in a statement that “our nation has been shocked”.

The SPCA spokesman in Kokstad, Douglas Wolhuter, said he is relieved that the suspect has been charged and taken to court.

“We want the law to take its course and be severe in order to teach others that animals have a right to live,” said Wolhuter. He added that animals do not deserve such cruelty.

Jezile is believed to be a school principal and was formerly the chairman of the ANC’s Chris Hani branch in the Eastern Cape.

The dog’s tongue was almost severed near the base after being dragged along the tar, and the pads of its paws were cut and grazed, said eyewitnesses.

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