Protest for Benjie

2019-07-25 06:00
Animal lovers during the silent protest in front of the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court.PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

Animal lovers during the silent protest in front of the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court.PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

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Animal lovers took their love for animals to the doorsteps of the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 18 July.

They embarked on a silent protest to raise their concerns about the brutal killing of pets in the neighbourhood.

The protest comes after numerous postponements of the case against two men accused of brutally killing a dog named Benjie in Khayelitsha last year.

The protestors wore black tapes to cover their mouths while some carried placards.

Senior Inspector at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA Alwyn Marais said they are protesting for the case of a violent killing of a dog. “The killing which involved two men who killed Benjie happened not so long ago in this community which is why we are here today,” he said. Marais said the dog was allegedly dragged out of its compound stabbed and kicked until he died by the accused.

He said the case has been dragging because of numerous postponements with various reasons and that they hope it gets finalised. He said the case is being heard on Mandela Day which is a symbolic day to seek for justice because of what former president Nelson Mandela stood for. “We want to send out a message that if you commit such crime to animals we will take you to court,” he said.

SPCA’s inspector Siviwe Noko said a lot of the people from the community do not know where to report animal cruelty when they witness it. He urged the public to report such incidents to the SPCA on 021 700 4158/9 during office hours and on 083 326 1604 after hours.

The case was postponed to 27 August 2019 because there was not enough time to cross-examine the witness who was on the stand.

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