School principal who had dog buried alive fails to comply with sentencing conditions

2015-04-08 18:35
Lily the dog (supplied)

Lily the dog (supplied)

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Cape Town- A Cape Town school principal who was found guilty of ordering janitors to bury a dog alive on school grounds has been given an ultimatum to comply with his sentencing conditions, according to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic.

Manono Makhaphela, of Luhlaza Secondary School in Khayelitsha, was handed a R6 000 fine, half of it suspended for five years on condition that he implement an animal protection awareness programme at the school no later than July 2013, said clinic spokesperson Marcelle du Plessis.

Makhaphela was found guilty of neglect, torture and cruelty to an animal and causing it unnecessary harm, under the Animal Protection Act.

In October 2011, he ordered two janitors to “get rid” of a stray dog as it was a nuisance. The school’s kitchen cleaner reported the act to the clinic.

Lily the dog was rescued after being buried 1.5 metres under the ground for 20 minutes.

Du Plessis said the principal had only paid R1 000 of the fine and had not yet implemented the education programme.

After reporting the non-compliance to the National Prosecuting Authority, Makhaphela was called to the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court at the end of last month and the clinic’s project manager Jane Levinson testified against him.

“The principal has been made aware that he has a criminal record and that he has until the 18th of July 2015 to start a humane education programme if he wants the record to be removed,” Du Plessis said.

He would need to send a progress report to the clinic every six months for five years, in order to have his record removed.

Du Plessis said they would be monitoring him and reporting back to the prosecutor should he not abide by the court’s instructions.

Lily was adopted by clinic board member Helen Walne and is said to be “happy and healthy in her forever home”.

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